USCGC Sea Otter (WPB-87362)

USCGC Sea Otter (WPB-87362) is the 61st cutter in the United States Coast Guard's successful Marine Protector class.

USCGC Sea Otter (WPB-87362)
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United States
Name: USCGC Sea Otter
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards
Homeport: San Diego, California, U.S.
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Displacement: 91 long tons (92 t)
Length: 87 ft 0 in (26.5 m)
Beam: 19 ft 5 in (5.9 m)
Draft: 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 x MTU diesels
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Range: 900 nmi (1,700 km)
Endurance: 5 days
Complement: 10
Armament: 2 × .50 caliber M2 Browning machine guns


The 87-foot (27 m) Sea Otter incorporates several features not present in the Coast Guard's earlier cutters.[1][2] The class are equipped with a stern launching ramp, that allows the vessel to deploy or retrieve it waterjet propelled pursuit boat, without having to stop. The Coast Guard had a new initiative, when the class was designed, that all its cutters, even the smallest, like the Marine Protector, should be able to accommodate mixed sex crews.

She displaces approximately 90 long tons (91 t), and her top speed is approximately 24 knots (44 km/h).[1][2] The class is designed for missions lasting up to three days. Marine Protector cutters are lightly armed, with all but the four owned by the US Navy mounting a main armament of a pair of crew-served fifty caliber Browning machine guns, on either side of their foredecks.

Cutters like Sea Otter are assigned to perform search and rescue, intercept drug smugglers and people smugglers, provide a front line response to disasters, and perform routine constabulary duties.[1][2]

Operational history

On February 7, 2013, Sea Otter and USCGC Waesche came to the assistance of a 60-foot (18 m) pleasure craft, Tioga, which was sinking, in heavy swells, 35 miles (56 km) south of San Clemente Island.[3]

On March 11, 2015, Sea Otter helped intercept a small boat, carrying over 1.3 tons of marijuana.[4]


  1. ^ a b c HMC James T. Flynn, Jr., USNR(ret) (2014-06-23). "U. S. Coast Guard: Small Cutters and Patrol Boats 1915 - 2012" (PDF). US Coast Guard. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-03-01. Crew comfort was a primary factor influencing the design of the CPB. Unlike past patrol boats, the CPB can accommodate any mix of male and female crew members within its 11-person complement. Each crew stateroom is equipped with internal phones and a potable water sink. There are two restrooms facilities and two showers. The mess deck has seating for nine crewmembers and is equipped with a television, VCR and stereo for crew relaxation.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b c "International Acquisition Programs". United States Coast Guard. 2009-12-15. Archived from the original on 2009-12-28.
  3. ^ John Bowen, Derek Cannoy (2013-02-07). "Coast Guard teamwork saves sailors and their boat". Coast Guard News. Retrieved 2017-03-29. The Sea Otter’s crew had been on patrol with the Waesche for several hours before being diverted to assist with the sailboat, and they were about to have another long day ahead of them.
  4. ^ "Coast Guard seizes more than half a ton of marijuana: Comments Off on Coast Guard seizes more than half a ton of marijuana". San Diego, California: Coast Guard News. 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2017-03-29. The Sea Otter crew recovered 54 bales from the water and aboard the panga, weighing an estimated 1,300 pounds.
List of United States Coast Guard cutters

The List of United States Coast Guard Cutters is a listing of all cutters to have been commissioned by the United States Coast Guard during the history of that service. It is sorted by length down to 65', the minimum length of a USCG cutter.

Marine Protector-class patrol boat

The Marine Protector class is a class of coastal patrol boats of the United States Coast Guard.

The 87-foot-long vessels are based on the Stan 2600 design by Damen Group, and were built by Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana. Each boat is named after a marine predator.The Coast Guard placed its original order in 1999 for 50 boats, which were delivered by mid-2002.

Several additional orders brought the class to a total of 74 ships, with the last, USCGC Sea Fox, being completed in October 2009.

Four additional vessels were built for Foreign Military Sales, with two each going to Malta and Yemen.The Marine Protector class replaced the 82-foot Point class. These older boats had one small and one large berthing area, and they had to stop for five or more minutes to deploy or retrieve their pursuit inflatable boat via a small crane. The last Point-class cutter was decommissioned in 2003.

United States Coast Guard Order of Battle

The following January 2019 order of battle is for the United States Coast Guard.

The headquarters of the Coast Guard is located at 2703 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE in Washington, D.C.. The Coast Guard relocated to the grounds of the former St. Elizabeths Hospital in 2013.

The Coast Guard is divided into two area commands, the Atlantic Area and the Pacific Area, each of which is commanded by a vice admiral, with each being designated Maritime Homeland Defense Areas. Each includes various district commands.The Coast Guard is further organized into nine districts, commanded by a District Commander, a rear admiral, with each responsible for a portion of the nation's coastline.There are three major operational commands located outside the United States:

USCG Activities Far East (FEACT) is located at Yokota Air Base, Japan. FEACT inspects U.S. ships overseas and foreign ships that will be operating in the U.S.

USCG Activities Europe (ACTEUR) is located in Schinnen, The Netherlands.

Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) is based out of Manama, Bahrain. Established in 2002, the mission of PATFORSWA is to train, organize, equip, support and deploy combat-ready Coast Guard forces in support of CENTCOM and national security objectives.Various shore establishment commands exist to support and facilitate the mission of the sea and air assets and report directly to the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters is located in Southeast Washington, DC.

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