As described by the Coast Guard:
The National Security Cutter, for example, will enable the Coast Guard to screen and target vessels faster, more safely and reliably before they arrive in U.S. waters – to include conducting onboard verification through boardings and, if necessary, taking enforcement-control actions.
In addition to its well-known search-and-rescue and anti-terrorist missions, the Coast Guard is involved in issues of customs, immigration, and drug enforcement, and the new cutters will be part of all these efforts.
Here are a few web pages specifically devoted to the Waesche:
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751)
Keep an eye out for the Waesche if you are anywhere around San Francisco Bay!
P.S. Anybody know how to pronounce Waesche? Would it be something like Way-Ski?
Updated: Gregor Rothfuss points me to this German-English dictionary entry, with audio. It sounds like the correct pronunciation is more like "Vay-Shuh" -- thanks Gregor!