The Coast Guard Cutter Mellon pulled into Station Juneau Monday morning.
The 378-foot High Endurance cutter is based in Seattle. Coast Guard Spokesman Kip Wadlow says the Mellow is in Southeast Alaska on a “shakedown cruise” to conduct equipment tests before heading back to homeport.
The ship will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
She’s named after Andrew W. Mellon, who was 49th Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1921-1932.
Built in 1966, the Mellon has diesel and gas turbine engines, one of the first cutters to be built with a combined propulsion plant.
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