USCGC "ROCKAWAY” (WOLE-377) was a (311.8') USN Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender – Launched: 14 Feb 42 - Loaned to the USCG: Dec 48 - Transferred to the USCG: 26 Sep 66 – Comm: 15 Jan 49 – Crew: 215 Officers, Enlisted – Armament: 1 x 5 Inch (127mm) Gun, 1 Mk.52 Fire Control System Director, 1 Mk.26 Mod Fire Control Radar, 1 Mk.10 Mod 1 Anti-Submarine Projector and 2 Mk.32 Mod 5 Torpedo Launchers – Decomm: 29 Jan 72 and Sold for Scrap: 21 Oct 72
My return to sea in the Coast Guard came in the form of recommissioning unit CGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722, this shot of her steaming under the Golden Gate bridge is from 2007) in late 1990. In 1989, she was decommissioned to undergo a major mid-life renovation, at then-Todd Shipyards in Seattle. Upon recommissioning in 1991, she resumed her missions in the Pacific Ocean from her then-homeport (now Honolulu, ironically enough!) of Alameda, CA, where I left her in the spring of 1993.