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USCGC Chincoteague


Coast Guard Cutter Chincoteague (WPB-1320)

Welcome aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter CHINCOTEAGUE (WPB 1320).  The ship is named for Chincoteague Island, Virginia and is the third cutter to bear the name.


The original CHINCOTEAGUE (1919-1923) was an armed tug built in Annapolis Maryland, as part of a class of United States Navy tugs intended for service in World War I. Completed after the end of the war, she was turned over to the Coast Guard in November 1919 and was based in Norfolk, VA and Baltimore, MD.  

The second CHINCOTEAGUE (WAVP 375) (1949-1972) was built in Houghton, Washington and launched on April 15, 1942 as USS CHINCOTEAGUE, a Barnegat-class seaplane tender during World War II. She was transferred to the Coast Guard in 1949, renamed USCGC CHINCOTEAGUE, and served on weather stations in the Atlantic. On October 30, 1956, CHINCOTEAGUE rescued 33 crewmen from the West German merchant ship Helga Bolten in the North Atlantic by using two inflatable lifeboats in heavy seas. She stood by the distressed vessel for seven days until they could be towed by a commercial tug.  

The third and current CHINCOTEAGUE (WPB 1320) is the twentieth 110-foot Island-class cutter. Built by Bolinger Shipyard in Lockport, LA, she was commissioned on August 8th, 1988 and has been stationed in Mobile, AL; Key West, FL; and currently San Juan, PR. CHINCOTEAGUE has served in a wide variety of missions but has excelled at Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, and Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations. Operating throughout the Caribbean, CHINCOTEAGUE has rescued thousands of Cuban, Haitian, and Dominican Republic migrants, and has seized thousands of pounds of illegal drugs.  


CHINCOTEAGUE has been awarded the Coast Guard Unit Commendation, five Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Meritorious Team Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon. The CHINCOTEAGUE has also been awarded the District 7 Foundation Award and Coast Guard Foundation Award.  

Billet Structure:

Commanding Officer- LT Executive Officer - LTJG
Engineering Dept Operations Dept Deck Dept
Eng Petty Officer - MKC Ops Petty Officer - BM1 First Lieutenant - BM1
Asst. Petty Officer - EM1 Ship's Cook - FS2 Asst First Lieutenant - BM2
Main Prop Asst - MK2 Ops Department - BM3 Gunner's Mate - GM2
Aux. Assistance - MK3 Seaman (3)


Contact Information:

Cutter Landline:                                
Tel. (787) 729 - 4389/90                                           

Everyday the United State Coast Guard goes to work to make a difference to America. In fact, at the end of any average day, the Coast Guard has...

-Save 14 Lives

-Conducted 180 Search and Rescue Missions

-Kept $7 million worth of narcotics from hitting American streets

-Responded to 32 oil spills or hazardous chemical releases

-Stopped hundreds of illegal migrants from setting out on the ocean, and compassionately enforced American law for those who do set out


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Last Modified 4/19/2013