The U.S. Coast Guard is set to decommission its eighth high endurance cutter USCGC Morngethau... http://ift.tt/eA8V8J

The U.S. Coast Guard is set to decommission its eighth high endurance cutter USCGC Morngethau during a ceremony at Base Honolulu, on Tuesday.

The Hamilton-class cutter is being retired after nearly 50 years of service as part of the Coast Guard’s recapitalization efforts.

USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC 722), a 378-foot high endurance cutter, saw action in the Vietnam War, numerous major drug interdictions and law enforcement cases, and a variety of noteworthy rescues.

Commissioned March 10, 1969, Morgenthau was the eighth of 12 cutters in the class built by Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans.

The first three decommissioned Hamilton-class cutters were transferred to the Philippine Navy which commissioned the vessels as Gredorio Del Pilar frigates. According to a Coast Guard document from 2011, the Philippines have an option of acquiring one more Hamilton-class cutter, meaning that USCGC Morgenthau could possibly be turned into a Philippine Navy frigate.


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