It set limits on fishing in order to preserve the resource and it tasked the U.S. Coast Guard with enforcement of these limits. Further south, along the Alaskan peninsula, CGC MELLON enforces regulations promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect domestic fish stocks. She was also fitted with a Phalanx Close in Weapon System, or "CIWS." She also received an anti-submarine warfare suite including the AN/SQS-26 sonar and Mark 46 torpedoes. The Coast Guard Command in Juneau directed the USCGC BOUTWELL and an HC-130 Hercules to search for the missing lifeboat. During this time, CGC MELLON steamed at high speed to close the distance to shore. In March 1970, the Mellon was involved in pursuit of mutineers involved in the SS Columbia Eagle incident during the Vietnam War. CGC MELLON makes full use of recent technological advances in shipboard electronics. CGC MELLON was designed to perform each of the Coast Guard’s missions, which then included search and rescue, defense operations, law enforcement, environmental protection and oceanographic research. Much further to the south, CGC MELLON plays a key part in a national strategy known as "STEEL WEB," an effort to deny narcotics smugglers access to the United States via maritime routes. During these counter narcotics-focused missions, CGC MELLON may be also called upon to enforce U.S. immigration laws against vessels attempting to smuggle large groups of people into the United States illegally. Later in 1977, women were first assigned to CGC MELLON. CGC MELLON rescue and assistance personnel boarded the vessel and pumped 250 tons of seawater overboard. The USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717) launching a Harpoon anti-ship missile in 1990, [869 x 634] Close. On her first Alaskan patrol from Seattle, she participated in the rescue of four survivors from the crash of a military C-130 on Attu Island in 1982. Several of SORCERY’s crew were evacuated by helicopter for medical treatment ashore. On her second Alaskan patrol from July-September 1973, Mellon became the first high endurance cutter to moor at the isolated LORAN station on Attu Island in the Aleutian chain. On March 6, 1977 CGC MELLON spotted a volcanic eruption just a few hours old on Seguam Island in the Aleutian chain. Sometime in the mid-afternoon the USCGC BOUTWELL arrived to assist. The crowds were also impressed with her maneuverability. Here she performed search and rescue and oceanographic research missions. The vessel’s operator was able to make a distress call with the only surviving piece of electronic equipment, a four pound HAM radio. Articles incorporating text from Wikipedia, https://military.wikia.org/wiki/USCGC_Mellon_(WHEC-717)?oldid=4281771, Pages using duplicate arguments in template calls. Please look at the scan and make your own judgement. CGC MELLON was again awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted between 28 June 1975 to 2 February 1976. These efforts have her in constant contact with Russian, Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese vessels fishing for Pollock. Mellon was also the first, and only, Coast Guard cutter to test fire a Harpoon missile. Perhaps the most noteworthy of these efforts was her successful test firing of a Harpoon anti-ship missile. This recognition is presented to the Coast Guard Pacific Area unit which by its overall achievements, demonstrated commitments to excellence and professionalism embodied in the traditions and lore of the Coast Guard. During her frequent Bering Sea patrols, CGC MELLON often crossed the 180th parallel and entered the Domain of the Golden Dragon. During this refit, CGC MELLON was equipped with the latest command and control technologies. This award is presented annually to two cutters, one cutter from each Area command. In 1980, CGC MELLON assisted in the rescue of 520 passengers and crewmembers from the burning luxury liner PRINSENDAM. She was also equipped with extensive anti-submarine warfare equipment, including the Mk46 torpedo and the AN/SQS-26 sonar. Exclusive Economic Zone. In the international arena, CGC MELLON conducted professional exchanges with the maritime services of Costa Rica and Panama in 1993. The liner was transiting through Gulf of Alaska waters, approximately 120 miles south of Yakutat, AK, at midnight on October 4, 1980, when fire broke out in the engine room. On November 18, 1976 at the end of yet another Alaskan patrol, CGC MELLON received a distress call from the motor vessel CARNELIAN I. CGC MELLON is always prepared to render assistance to mariners as they pursue this most hazardous occupation. US Navy 040527-N-4104L-006 The U.S. Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutter Mellon (WHEC 717), the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) steam together.jpg 1,480 × 1,944; 775 KB CGC MELLON was originally built with an 80-foot long flight deck and "balloon shelter." She was sponsored on her commissioning date by Mrs. John W. Warner Jr. granddaughter of the late Secretary Andrew W. Mellon. Budget constraints and evolving Coast Guard missions later resulted in the removal of the HARPOON launching system. CGC MELLON put the Italian crew into one berthing area and gave them clean clothes and warm food. Laid down July 25, 1966 at Avondale Shipyards near New Orleans, Louisiana. 16. Shortly after her arrival in Honolulu, Mellon departed for a naval show in San Diego, CA. There, the PJs were dropped into the water and swam to the boat, climbed aboard and initiated medical treatment. For Missiles Large and Small. Improvements in long range communications and the installation of weather and navigation satellite constellations made it unnecessary for the Coast Guard to station high endurance cutters at sea to perform these missions. In January 1990, MELLON was first in her class to fire the Harpoon missile. CGC MELLON rendezvoused with SORCERY, evacuated the 11 crewmembers and took the damaged sloop in tow. Jun 17, 2017 - Explore Robert Nichols's board "USCG CUTTERS" on Pinterest. CGC MELLON was one of the first naval vessels built with a combined diesel and gas turbine propulsion plant. The Ship. CGC MELLON was one of the newer ships of her class to have a joystick helm. Mellon was also the first - and only - Coast Guard cutter to test-fire a Harpoon missile. This configuration only lasted for a short while. USCGC Mellon fires a Harpoon missile back in the Cold War. She holds the distinction as the first and only Coast Guard cutter to be fitted with the Harpoon missile system. CGC MELLON was also one of the first cutters to employ closed circuit TV cameras to monitor engineering systems and operations on deck. A towering wave, estimated at over 100 feet, rolled the sloop and broke the mast. 100713-N-7643B-046 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 13, 2010) A 76 mm gun is fired from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) while cruising in formation with U.S. and Republic of Singapore Navy ships during a surface gunnery exercise as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2010. CGC Mellon’s first Commanding Officer, Captain Robert P. Cunningham, was the first Coast Guard aviator to command a 378-foot cutter. Shortly thereafter, the lifeboat’s passengers were recovered and the rescue was over with no deaths or serious injuries and all passengers and crew from the PRINSENDAM accounted for. Soon after her mission shift, the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 was enacted. The master of the PRINSENDAM ordered the vessel abandoned at approximately 0630. During Bering Sea patrols, Mellon conducted search and … This is approximately the distance from New York to Melbourne, Australia. During that same patrol, CGC MELLON also assisted a Liberian bulk carrier that was taking on water in heavy seas. It can be a thing once again During these earlier Alaskan patrols, CGC MELLON was away from homeport for approximately three months and covered approximately 7000 miles while enforcing laws and treaties established to preserve commercial fishing resources. In February 1974, the Mellon played a major role rescuing the crew of the Italian supertanker Giovanna Lolli-Ghetti. She received the Safety Award on August 1, 1968 by Rear Admiral B. F. Engel, Commander, 14th Coast Guard District. Those in critical condition were transferred to the USCGC BOUTWELL and taken to Sitka, Alaska for treatment. CGC MELLON is equipped with multiple redundant navigation systems including the Differential Global Positioning System (dGPS). On May 11, 1976, CGC MELLON assisted the 60 foot sloop SORCERY. On the following day, the helicopter was again launched, this time to carry the injured sailor to treatment ashore. The PRINSENDAM was a 427 foot long cruiser liner built in 1973. It was franked with stamp Rodney. Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Resources, Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan Requirements, Restricted Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel Endorsements, Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center, National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC), Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIB). On October 11, 1976, CGC MELLON participated in Alaska Day Festivities during which over 2000 people toured CGC MELLON and the crew participated in the annual parade. CGC MELLON embarked a para-rescue team from the U.S. Air Force. She was twice awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation during the Vietnam War. The ASW suite and Harpoon capability were removed due to fiscal constraints, but served as a proof of capability for all USCG cutters.[1]. The USCGC Mellon was the first cutter in her class to fire the Harpoon missile. At roughly 1115 the next morning Mellon reached the area where the vessel Tamerlane (Norway) was rescuing survivors from the now deserted tanker. They survived an explosion, fire and then sinking of the tanker. Posted by 3 years ago. CGC MELLON closed the distance and launched her embarked helicopter which carried the "PJs" as they are called to the sailing vessel. While deployed on ocean station duty, Mellon also performed oceanographic research operations. In the 1980 Disney film The Last Flight of Noah's Ark, the Mellon found and rescue the crew of a lifeboat that had been converted into an airplane. This hangar can be extended to house one helicopter and protect it from rough seas and harsh weather. USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717) shown with Harpoon missile launcher aft of the 76mm gun. CGC MELLON was currently near Kodiak, Alaska, when she received the call to divert to assist the 11 crewmembers onboard the SORCERY. The crew and passengers of the cruise liner filled the lifeboats with only 15 passengers and 25 crewmembers remaining on the PRINSENDAM. S400:. This cover is in good, but not perfect condition. While the Prinsendam was under tow by salvage tugs, and escorted by the Mellon the burning ship suddenly listed hard over to Port and sank within a few minutes. This event is only one example of a wide variety of morale-enhancing activities engaged in during these long separations from friends and family back in homeport. A nearby Russian vessel NOVIKOV PRIBOY arrived with many doctors for further medical assistance. This included training in international law, defensive tactics, counter narcotic trafficking methods, boarding procedures, and medical training. lets don't mix wishes and facts it took USA 4 years to upgrade the USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717) a Hamilton-class high endurance cutter same like NNS thunder from 1985 to 1989 during cold war with soviets, and one more year to finish fire tests . The Gunnery award was first presented to the CGC SNOHOMISH in 1927 and last presented to the CGC CAMPBELL in 1940. SEAWATCH is the most advanced system in use in the Coast Guard. She launched bathythermograph probes into the ocean depths to record temperature and salinity. USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717) is a U. S. Coast Guard high endurance cutter based out of Seattle, Washington. The nearby Novikov Priboya from Russia arrived to give additional medical aid. CGC MELLON received the CG Unit Commendation Medal from 6 February 1989 to 27 February 1990, for her successful execution of several military readiness missions. Mellon was the only Hamilton class cutter to fire a Harpoon missile. On the next patrol in August 1975, CGC MELLON responded to a distressed vessel RYUKYO MARU in the waters adjacent to St. Paul Island in the Pribilof Island chain in the Bering Sea. Mellon was also the first, and only, Coast Guard cutter to test fire a Harpoon missile. This Cold War era rescue, which succeeded only as a result of the close cooperation between vessels from Norway, Russia and the United States, was a positive sign during this period which was other wise marked by intensifying superpower competition. The ship was recently equipped with the AN/SPS-78 digital surface radar system that incorporates a state of the art computerized collision avoidance system. CGC MELLON retains the distinction of being the only Coast Guard cutter to launch a HARPOON anti-ship missile. The ASW and Harpoon launching systems were later removed due to budget constraints. Prior to the advent of satellite navigation, weather and communications systems, commercial aviators relied on ocean station cutters, including Mellon, for navigation and weather data. The test of the ship's new firepower occurred in 1990. During Bering Sea patrols, Mellon conducted search and rescue operations and enforced laws and regulations that preserved vital Alaskan fisheries. USCGC MELLON WHEC-717 Naval Cover 1977 SIGNED Cachet COLD BAY, ALASKA It was sent 7 Mar 1977. Her job was to establish radio communications with aircraft and ships to facilitate their safe navigation. She was built with a welded steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Then considered "state of the art" in naval vessel design, she impressed those in attendance with her maneuverability and speed. The diesel engines are Fairbanks-Morse and are larger versions of a 1968 diesel locomotive design. Also, in 1980, CGC MELLON was featured in a Hollywood motion picture, "The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark," which starred Genevieve Bujold. WILLIAMSBURGH arrived at 0745 and immediately passengers and crew were transferred from the lifeboats into the helicopter and then to the deck of the supertanker. In wartime, it is unlikely the Coast Guard would need long ranged anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM). In the Bering Sea, CGC MELLON is typically involved in the enforcement of laws and regulations related to the preservation of U.S. fisheries stocks. USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717) is a U. S. Coast Guard high endurance cutter based out of Seattle, Washington. She also launched weather balloons to record conditions in the upper levels of the earth’s atmosphere. After the rescue operations were completed, the Mellon remained on scene in a futile attempt to fight the fire, that had originated in the Prinsendam engine room and progressed throughout the ship. At around 2100, 20 passengers and 2 Air Force aviator technicians were still reported missing in one of the PRINSENDAM’s lifeboats. Newspaper accounts reported that she was able to reach a speed of 20 knots in less than 20 seconds and go from full ahead to full astern in less than one minute. USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717) had a Harpoon Missile System installed in 1989. Saved by SD Model Makers. Mellon was the first and only USCG cutter to be fitted with the Harpoon missile, test firings were also conducted in January 1990. Living up to the Mellon’s motto “Primus Inter Pares,” meaning first among equals, the cutter established several Coast Guard firsts, including the first of five Hamilton-class high endurance cutters to have a Harpoon anti-ship missile system installed. 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