Dorado, 1981 (WSES-1)

Dec. 28, 2020

Dorado, 1981


Builder: Bell Halter, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana

Length: 110'

Beam: 39'

Draft: 4' 6" (on cushion); 7' 10" (at rest)

Displacement: 162 tons (full)

Cost: ?

Launched: N/A

Commissioned: 18 June 1981

Decommissioned: September, 1982

Disposition: returned to US Navy

Main Engines: 2 General Motors diesels

Lift Engines: 2 Detroit diesels


          Maximum Speed: 33 knots
          Economic/Cruising Speed: 26 knots; 575 mile range

Complement: 14

Electronics: Navigation radar

Armament: Small arms only

Cutter History:

The Coast Guard acquired the Dorado from the Navy in 1981 so that the service could evaluate the SES concept and its possible application to the Coast Guard's missions.  It was under evaluation from 18 June 1981 until September of 1982 and was based at New Orleans, Louisiana.  She was returned to the Navy in September, 1982.


Cutter History File.  USCG Historian's Office, USCG HQ, Washington, D.C.

Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft, 1946 - 1990. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990.