New Coast Guard exhibit focuses on 'Voice of America' cutter

New London - The U.S. Coast Guard Museum at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is opening a new exhibit that will display a model of the Cold War-era Coast Guard cutter Courier, which served as a radio-relay station for the federal government’s “Voice of America” broadcast program. The exhibit will be open to the public starting on Saturday at 10 a.m. and will remain open for a year. 

The Coast Guard Cutter Courier was based in Rhodes, Greece, from 1952 to 1964 and broadcast U.S. government-funded news behind the Iron Curtain or in Soviet-controlled countries. The Soviet Union tried to block the ship’s signal, but it was three times more powerful than any land-based signal, according to a Coast Guard Academy press release. 

The Courier’s initiative, called “Operation Vagabond,” was approved by President Harry Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

The exhibit recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Courier finishing its mission and will feature blueprints of the cutter along with photographs and artifacts of the cutter and the Rhodes community. 

Museum hours on Saturdays are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and hours during the week are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the summer months the museum is only open on the first and third Saturday of each month.

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