As Coast Guard upgrades, old cutter to go to Nigerian navy

By BRUCE SMITH | the Associated Press | Published: May 7, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Coast Guard cutter that served the nation for 45 years is being transferred to the Nigerian Navy.

A ceremony is being held in Charleston on Wednesday to transfer the cutter Gallatin, which completed its final cruise for the Coast Guard last December. The Gallatin was decommissioned earlier this year.

Later this year, the Coast Guard in Charleston will become the home port for the Hamilton, one of the new generation of Coast Guard cutters and the first of its class to be based on the East Coast. Three of the new cutters are based in California.

The new cutters are bigger and faster than the Gallatin and can be operated with smaller crews.


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