After more than 50 years of service to the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred the recently decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Sherman to the Sri Lankan Navy. The transfer of the Sherman to Sri Lanka supports the Coast Guard’s efforts to strengthen the United States’ relationship with partner nations in the western Pacific, enhancing their maritime capabilities and governance, and supporting stability and the security of global maritime commons.
As the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau (WHEC 722) nears its final days of service, we reflect on the lasting effect it has had on the Coast Guard and the history it leaves behind. This cutter may leave our service, but the legacy of the men and women who served on Morgenthau will live on forever.
Coast Guard Cutter Rush retired from duty earlier this year after 45 years of faithful service to the Nation. Throughout the cutter’s 45-year history, one thing remained constant: the Coast Guard men and women that served day in and day out, ensuring the cutter remained ‘Always Ready’ to answer the call. Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Hamson, a machinery technician, is no different.
Endings usually stir a little melancholy. I am not talking about the end of a long deployment – which is normally reason for some celebration – but something a bit more weighty: the last patrol for a Coast Guard ship in a nearly 45-year-long career. Such is the case aboard Dallas as we sail homeward bound for the last time as a Coast Guard cutter.
The crew and officers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Chase line up at attention during the cutter’s final commissioned moments. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Kneen-Rivera. Two stalwarts of the Coast Guard’s fleet of cutters, Hamilton and Chase, were decommissioned earlier this week after leaving an indelible mark in