Welcome to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche's website. USCGC WAESCHE was commissioned on Friday, May 7th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. on Coast Guard Island Pier, Alameda, California. For specific information regarding the event contact the unit Public Affairs Officer, LT George G. Macdonnell, George.G.Macdonnell@uscg.mil. Cutter Waesche was Christened on July 26th, 2008. The christening ceremony, or formal naming of the ship, took place at the Northrop Grumman Ship Building in Pascagoula, Miss. Fabrication began on April 3, 2006 and its keel was laid on Sept. 11, 2006. Waesche is the second of eight planned National Security Cutters (NSC). At 418 feet, the lead ship in the new Legend-class of national security cutters is designed to be the flagship of the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet, capable of executing the most challenging maritime security missions including supporting the mission requirements of the joint U.S. combatant commanders. The NSC is the largest and most technically advanced class of the Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) program’s three major classes of cutters and will replace the aging 378 foot High Endurance Hamilton class cutters that have been in service since the 1960s.