Coast Guard Adds First Name to Old Cutter to Avoid Two with the Same Name
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard had a small problem when it ended up with two cutters of the same name earlier this year.
The Secretary-class high-endurance cutter USCGC Munro (WHEC 724), named for Douglas Munro, a Coast Guardsman who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in World War II, was still in commission when a new Legend-class National Security Cutter, USCGC Munro (WMSL 755), was commissioned.
The service solved the problem by adding Douglas Munro’s first name to the name of the older cutter.
“Its name was changed in April 2017 to the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro as the service’s new National Security Cutter, Munro, was commissioned, said Lt. Cmdr. David French, chief of Media Relations for U.S. Coast Guard. “Each of our remaining WHECs will be decommissioned as the new National Security Cutters come on line.”