It is no surprise that the new 418 foot high-endurance U.S. Coast Guard cutter Midgett conducted a rescue 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras prior to even being commissioned.
The cutter’s name honors the Midgett family — one of the oldest families on the Outer Banks — and their history of distinguished service in the Coast Guard that continues to this day.
One member of the Midgett family, Chief Warrant Officer John Allen Midgett Jr., led crewmembers of his lifeboat in the 1918 rescue of the entire 42-member crew from the British tanker Mirlo after it was torpedoed off the coast of North Carolina. For his bravery, despite the rough seas and fires from the tanker’s cargo, he was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal.
The new Coast Guard vessel, which left the shipyard in June 2019, was in Norfolk, Virginia, Tuesday, July 9, for a pre-commissioning ceremony. The invitation-only ceremony was attended by a contingent of Outer Banks Coast Guard personnel, distinguished guests and members of the Midgett family.
Leaving for its homeport of Honolulu, Hawaii, the CGC Midgett will take Outer Banks Atlantic history with it to the Pacific.