class WMEC (Medium Endurance Cutter) are relatively new ships, built for
the US Coast Guard. When built, it was intended that they should carry
Harpoon missiles and some other systems used by the US Navy, but in the
end these were removed due to top weight constraints. It was discovered
that these ships rolled badly, and didn't need any additional help. USCGC
TAHOMA (WMEC 908) and USCGC HARRIET LANE (WMEC 903) have visited Halifax
over the last couple of years.
BEAR class medium endurance cutter
|(click on thumbnail for larger image)
||HARRIET LANE at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Dartmouth, NS.
||A forward view of TAHOMA, at Pier 21 in Halifax, NS. The 76mm OTO Melara
gun is visible here forward of the bridge. This view gives an idea of why
these ships are relatively unstable, with narrow beam and high superstructure.
||An aft view of TAHOMA, showing the flight deck and telescoping hangar.
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