The high endurance cutter USCGC Boutwell (WHEC 719). U.S. Navy photo by Christopher Lindahl

 

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell (WHEC 719) was decommissioned last week in San Diego, Ca. in a ceremony honoring 48 years of Coast Guard service.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell. US Navy Photo PO2 Wendy Hamme

 

With a long list of accomplishments, the 378-foot Hamilton-class high-endurance cutter has earned its reputation as “The Best in the West” providing  maritime safety, security, and stewardship in the Pacific.

The crew of the 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell mans the rails for the last time during the decommissioning of the ship at Naval Base San Diego, March 16, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rob Simpson)

 

USCGC Boutwell will be transferred to the Philippine Navy as part of a Foreign Military Sale Program through the Foreign Assistance Act – joining the former USCGC Hamilton, now named Del Pilar, and the former USCGC Dallas, now BRP Alcaraz (PF-16). Read more from USCG News here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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