Twenty-Four Women Report For Sea Duty To U.S. Coast Guard

Twenty-four women have reported to the United States Coast Guard cutters Gallatin and Morgenthau to begin historic sea duty.

The first women ever assigned to serve aboard armed U.S. military vessels, they will be taking part in fisheries patrols in Atlantic and Pacific waters this fall. Two officers and 10 enlisted women have been assigned to each of the 378-foot high-endurance cutters, the Gallatin berthed at Governors Island, N.Y., and the Morgenthau at San Francisco, Calif.

As the ships got ready for departure, Secretary of Transportation Brock Adams sent "bon voyage" telegrams to the cutters' crews through their commanding officers — Gallatin Capt. Alan D. Breed of Tampa, Fla., and Morgenthau Capt. George E. Walton of Parsippany, N.J.

"I want to congratulate you on having the opportunity to be the first to carry out this new responsibility. Men and women, together, will be participating for the first time in the historic mission of the Coast Guard at sea.

I send you the best wishes of the Department of Transportation and the Administration as you set sail. The inclusion of women among Coast Guard ship crews is another major step in this country's efforts to utilize the talents and resources of all of its people." Both vessels carry crews of about 15 officers and 140 enlisted personnel.

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