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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Nicknames

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RONC is an acronym for "Republic of NantucketCutter."  The commanding officers or officers-in-charge of Coast Guard cuttersthat are assigned to or visit Nantucket play the "Ring Game" with the NantucketAngler's Club for "ownership" of the cutter.  If the skipper loses, thenthe Nantucket Angler's Club becomes the cutter's owner.  The skipper is entitled todecide the newly acquired cutter's "RON" name.  [It's all done infun.]

Cutter             Nicknames
Acacia "The Big A"; "Ace of the Great Lakes"; "Ace of the Lakes"; "The Ace"; "The Occasional" (after she ran aground in the St. Mary's River back in the 80's and bent the main engine block--she occasionally ran);
Active "Inactive" (in the late 70s/early 80s when she spent most of her time moored due to 'horrendous' problems with her turbines)
Acushnet "Mighty Acu"; "Squishnut"; "Crush-nuts"; "NOAAs ARK" (due to our support for their [NOAA's] weather ops); "Mighty A"; "Never Never Home Again" (a take-off on its call sign NNHA);
Adak "RONC Isolation"
Agassiz "Aggie"; "Agony"
Alert "Fat Albert"; "Albert"; "Divert" (for its propensity for being diverted)
Anacapa "Ana"
Androscoggin "Andy"; "Big Andy"; "Rotten Andy"; "Galloping Ghost of the Florida Coast"; "Creeping Crud of the Florida Mud";
Apalachee "RONC Fast Attack Tug"; "Apple"
Aquidneck "Equipment"; "Aquanut"; "Squidneck" (due to close proximity to Norfolk);
Attu "Caribbean Ninjas"
Avoyel "Olave Oyel"
Bainbridge Island "Bain-barge"; "RONC Larry Bob #"
Balsam "Snatcher Blossom"
Baranof "Barren One"; "Bear Ran Off"
Barataria "Bacteria"; "Burning Bee"; Dirty B"
Barbara Mabrity "Babs"; "Babs Mab"; "The Pascagoula Protector" (for we are Senator Trent Lott's personal buoy tender)
Basswood "Black Sheep of the Black Fleet"; "The 'Wood'";
Bayberry "Stayberry"
Bear "RONC Ski Jump"; "ISC Portsmouth, Building 901 (nickname given because it's always in drydock)";
Bering Straits "The Straits"
Bibb "Be-no Boat" (as in "there'll be no liberty"); "Big Iron Battle Boat"; "Boston's  Iitty Bitty Baby"; "Mighty B"; "RONC Thunnus Albacares"; "Burning in Buzzard's Bay" (From her cold plant light-offs, she would black out the harbor temporarily, causing the ship to call local fire departments to inform them so they wouldn't receive so many calls next time.)
Biscayne Bay "Biscuit"; "Sentinal of the Straits"
Bittersweet "RONC Champion"; "The Bitterbarge"; "Black Sweet Bitter"; "Bittersweat"
Bollard "Mighty Warship"
Boston (WLV-189) "RONC Collision at Sea"
Boutwell "Bad Smell"; "Batmobile"; "Bout Hell"; "RONC Abalone"
Bramble "Arctic Aristocrats"; "The Bumble"
Bridle "RONC Icicle"
Buckhorn "Bucky"
Burton Island "Hurtin' Burton"; "BI"; "White Antarctic Garbage Barge" [humorous definition of designation WAGB]
Buttonwood "The Wad"; "The Mighty B"
Campbell "Queen of the Fleet"; "Camp Bell"; "Soup Can"; "Camp-hell"; "RONC Shiny Deck"
Cape Carter "Cape Crunch";
Cape Corwin "Cape McGarrett" (from its use in the television series "Hawaii Five-O)
Cape Cross "RONC Cape Double-Cross"
Cape Fox "Dry Dox" (She never sailed);
Cape George "Bathtub Ring"; "RONC Cape Chicken"
Cape Hatteras "RONC Cape Outer Banks"; "Cape Hazardous"
Cape Henlopen "RONC Cape Terrific"; "Cape Chickenlopen"
Cape Higgon "RONC Cape Courageous"
Cape Horn "RONC Cape Seldom"
Cape Jellison "Tuff Boat"; "Cape J"
Cape Knox "Cape Cutthroat" 
Cape Morgan "RONC Cape Anchor"; "The Workhorse of the Sea"
Cape Shoalwater "Bilgewater"
Cape Small "Three Puka Puka" (from her hull number 95300 and the Hawaiian word for zero--puka);
Cape Upright "Cape Up-All Night" (Seemed like most of our boardings were during the night); Cape Uptight"; "Cape Downright" (1964--always rough seas when called);
Cartigan "Galloping Ghost of the Yucatan Coast"
Castle Rock "The Rock"; "McKenna's Gold" (taken from the name of a former commanding officer, Captain McKenna and the movie of the same name);
Chase "Cha-Zea"; "RONC Proud Mary V"
Chandeleur "Candy-Lure"; "Chandelier"; "Chat"; "Caribbean Knights"; "Semper Roto" (Always Broken); "Chandi"; "Casrep"; "Shark 19"; "Migrant Taxi"; "Big 'C'"
Chautauqua "Cha-Cha"; "Chat"
Chilula "Chinchilla"; "Choo Choo"; "Galloping Ghost of the Graveyard of the Atlantic"; "Guardian of the Graveyard of the Atlantic"; "Pig Boat"; "RONC Honeymoon"; "Hotel Chilula" (because it never left the dock);
Chincoteague "Chickenfeed"; "Chinco-Pig";
Chokeberry "Chokecherry"; "Chuck Berry"; "Choke-boat"; "Chuckleberry"
Citrus "Sit and Rust"; "RONC White Needle of Death"
Clamp "RONC Lone Star"; "Cramp"
Cleat "RONC Steamer"
Clover "Sea Lover"
Comanche "Co-Manch!"; "Pregnant Marshmallow" (she used to toss and turn like a buffalo in a wallow, without a lot of provocation);
Confidence "Building 619" (from her days in Kodiak; [nickname was] from us Support Center types, because she never, ever got underway); "Connie"; "Con Fid Ence"; "Coni"; "RONC Rocket"; "White Fang"; "The Galloping Ghost of the Siberian Coast"; "The Big Fid";
Cook Inlet "Cookie Cutter"; Cookie Maru"
Coos Bay "Booze Bay"; "Cockeyed Coos";
USS Cor Caroli "Coca Cola"; "Ole Coke"
Courageous "Outrageous!"; "Rage"
Cowslip "Cow's Lip"; "RONC Meadow Muffin"; "RONC That's No Bull"; "The Mighty Moo" (Since we had a number of ex Navy men aboard after WW2, they nicknamed [her] after the USS Missouri); "CGC Charlie" (got the nickname from the crew of the Mariposa because every time a buoy of theirs broke they would go into Charlie and we would have to go fix it);
Cushing "Bad to the Bone"
Cuttyhunk "Kittychunks"; "Hunk of Junk"; "Pest of the West"; "Cutter-Junk"
Dallas "Big D"; "Roadrunner" (all 378's were nicknamed for Warner Brothers characters prior to the FRAM program); "Battleship Dallas" (from her service in Vietnam); "Dullest"; "The Mighty Warship"; "Gallapig"; "The CGC Tilt" (After a recent patrol the CGC Dallas scraped the pier prompting the VSF to dub the boat The CGC Tilt  because there was a very obvious list to port);
Dauntless "The Dirty D"; "White Needle of Death"
Decisive "The Finest Kind"; "In-Decisive"; "White Ghost of the Gulf Coast"; "RONC Ben Franklin"
Dependable "The Big D"; "Galloping Ghost of the Gulf Coast";
Diligence "Dillie Devils" (her crew); "DAU 3" (this was painted on the hull by crewman of the Dauntless as a practical joke); "Dilly"; "RONC Not Yet"; WMEC-616 = "We Must Eat Chicken 616 days a year (because we ate chicken at every meal--or so it seemed); "Dili-O";
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