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  1. And the I believe the US Coast Guard flag ship ‘The Eagle’ shown is originally the Nazi vessel the ‘Horst Wessel.’

  2. Actually it is not an Airbus helicopter. The HH-65 (based on the Aerospatiale Eurocopter) was built by Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation in Grand Prairie, TX (with parts content meeting USCG domestic content requirements). It was under this name that the HH-65s were built, so it’s not accurate to call it an “Airbus helicopter” – it’s an Aerospatiale Eurocopter HH-65.

    The company in Grand Prairie was renamed American Eurocopter later but it wasn’t until 2014 that the company became known as Airbus Helicopters. The USCG refers to it under its original manufacturer name which is normal for military air vehicles.

    The USCGC Eagle was indeed received from Germany after WW II as part of war reparations.

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