The United States Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime service within the Department of Homeland Security and one of the nation’s five armed services. Its core roles are to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America’s coasts, ports, and inland waterways.
The USCGC William Tate arrived to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 10th, 1999 and was formally commissioned on June 3rd, 2000. CGC WILLIAM TATE and her crew are responsible for the maintenance of 250 buoys in the Delaware Bay and River, and the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, WILLIAM TATE is equipped to ably perform other Coast Guard missions such as domestic ice breaking, marine environmental protection, and maritime law enforcement. As an adopted ship, the Philadelphia council provides financial awards and support for the crew and her families.
USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108)
The Navy commissioned its newest destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) during a ceremony in Philadelphia Oct. 10, 2009. The ship’s commissioning ceremony paid homage to its recently deceased namesake Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer. Known in the Navy as the “father of Aegis,” Meyer passed away Sept. 1, just one month shy of the ship’s commissioning ceremony.
LPD 26, USS John P. Murtha
It was our honor to have hosted the commissioning of the USS John P. Murtha on October 8, 2016 at Penn’s Landing. LPD 26 was named in honor of the late John P. Murtha, who represented Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District from 1974 to 2010.
LPD 25, USS Somerset
It was our honor to have hosted the commissioning of the USS Somerset on March 1, 2014 at Penn’s Landing. LPD 25 was named specifically for Somerset County Pennsylvania, in honor of the passengers who died on United Airlines Flight 93, hijacked during the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.