Semper nostra optima

The instant the keel of a new Coast Guard cutter is laid, the ship begins the journey toward its eventual decommissioning. The Coast Guard Cutter Dallas began the voyage in the 1960s and approached that inevitable fate today as the ship sailed into homeport after its last patrol as a U.S. warship.


Farewell to Dallas – A word from the commanding officer

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.