A farewell to the great Gallatin

Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin's crew lines the deck during the beginning of its decommissioning ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen.

Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin’s crew lines the deck during the beginning of its decommissioning ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen.

In a decommissioning ceremony Monday at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Coast Guard bid a fond farewell to its last East Coast-based high endurance cutter: Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin.

The crew is presented a Coast Guard unit commendation pennant during its decommissioning ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen.

The crew is presented a Coast Guard unit commendation pennant during its decommissioning ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen.

“There is a special relationship that exists between sailor and ship, especially for a cutter as long-serving and loyal as Gallatin,” said. Capt. Caleb Corson, commanding officer of Gallatin. “In writing the final chapter as the last high endurance cutter in the East Coast, its proud legacy will live on forever in Coast Guard history, our memories and in our hearts.”

As the sixth Coast Guard cutter bearing its namesake – the honorable Albert Gallatin, secretary of the treasury under presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison – Gallatin’s distinguished history and contributions since 1968 include missions in maritime law enforcement, domestic and international humanitarian relief, search and rescue, nation-building and ambassador of goodwill.

Gallatin leaves the U.S. government service on a high note with its last drug bust halting the influx of 2.8 tons of cocaine over the course of three separate patrols in 2013.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Webb, a damage controlman aboard Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin, lowers the national ensign during evening colors aboard the cutter while in port. Webb was standing in port duty following the cutter's return from its final patrol before being decommissioned. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Yaw.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Webb, a damage controlman aboard Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin, lowers the national ensign during evening colors aboard the cutter while in port. Webb was standing in port duty following the cutter’s return from its final patrol before being decommissioned. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Yaw.

As Gallatin is “released from active duty” from the U.S. Coast Guard after more than four decades, it will change flags and continue to serve as a Nigerian navy ship. Months prior to the event, the cutter was slated for transfer to Nigeria through the Foreign Assistance Act. The FSA allows the transfer of excess defense articles as a grant to friendly foreign governments under the auspices of the State Department.

Scheduled for commissioning in early December 2014, the first East Coast-based national security cutter, Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, will replace Gallatin.

Hamilton is the fourth national security cutter built for the Coast Guard with post-911 multi-mission capabilities. National security cutters are capable of performing critical homeland security, law enforcement and national defense missions in the most demanding open ocean environments.

Tags: , ,