USCGC Bertholf Receives Final Acceptance
Bertholf to continue following a scheduled post-delivery plan as it enters full Coast Guard operation, including mission systems and weapons testing; follow-on manpower and training analysis; and installation of increased communications and sensor capabilities new to the Coast Guard.
ALAMEDA, CA: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the first of the Legend class National Security Cutter fleet, based on Coast Guard Island here, was taken into final acceptance by the U.S. Coast Guard Friday.
Bertholf's final acceptance is part of the Coast Guard's deliberative acquisition process and represents the moment when the Coast Guard acknowledges that the cutter is ready to transition from an acquisition project to the operations and sustainment phases of the cutter's service life. The transition also means that funding for maintenance of Bertholf now comes through the Coast Guard's Engineering and Logistics Directorate rather than through the Acquisition Directorate.
"Final acceptance of Bertholf marks a new chapter for the National Security Cutter project and a new era for the Coast Guard," said Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore, assistant commandant for Acquisition. "Today, the first NSC transitioned to operations and sustainment, a major milestone on its path to becoming a fully capable, multi-mission surface asset in the Coast Guard's inventory," he said.
Since preliminary acceptance of the Bertholf May 8, 2008, the Coast Guard has continued to work closely with the two first-tier contractors, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and Lockheed Martin, along with other contractors and the U.S. Navy to ensure Bertholf will meet all requirements and standards.
Bertholf will continue following a scheduled post-delivery plan as it enters full Coast Guard operation, including mission systems and weapons testing; follow-on manpower and training analysis; and installation of increased communications and sensor capabilities new to the Coast Guard.
Bertholf represents a significant advancement for the Coast Guard's surface fleet. With state-of-the-market technologies and capabilities demanded by operational forces to meet the full spectrum of 21st century maritime homeland security, maritime safety, law enforcement and maritime national defense mission requirements. The Coast Guard is extremely grateful for the partnership and support provided by the U.S. Navy and third-party entities, specifically the Naval Sea Systems Command, to help ensure Bertholf met technical and operational requirements.
The 418-foot Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf leads the eight-ship Legend class. Designed to be the flagships of the U.S. Coast Guard's modern fleet, the National Security Cutters are capable of executing the most challenging Coast Guard missions. Bertholf was christened on Veterans Day, 2006, and is named after Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf, the first commandant of today's Coast Guard. Bertholf's sister ships, the Waesche and the Stratton, are under construction in Pascagoula, Miss. Long lead time materials for the fourth National Security Cutter, the Hamilton, have been ordered.