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Old 03-04-2021, 03:44 PM
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A sad but honorable Coast Guard day, the last 378 is getting ready for Decom

I know of at least 2 Coast Guard Veterans on here; and at least one of them served on a 378'.

USCGC Douglas Munro is transitioning to Decom status. She is the last of the 378's in service. In a day when some Navy ships last 25s years or less (FFGs, some CGs, and even some of the LCSs are already being Decom'ed after less than 15 years), the Coast Guard got about 50 years out of the 378s.

From Message traffic today:
-----OFFICIAL INFORMATION DISPATCH FOLLOWS-----
R 041832Z MAR 21
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC
TO ALCOAST
UNCLAS
ALCOAST 088/21

SUBJ: USCGC DOUGLAS MUNRO (WHEC 724) 49 YEARS OF SERVICE
1. On 31 Mar 2021, after 49 years of faithful service to
our Nation, CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO will transition to In-Commission
Special status. This status begins the decommissioning process.
Throughout the cutter's service, CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO crews
embodied the cutter's motto -
"Honoring the Past by Serving the Present."
2. CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO was named in honor of Coast Guard
Signalman First Class Douglas Albert Munro, who was awarded
the Medal of Honor for acts of extraordinary heroism in World
War II. As the Officer-in-Charge of an eight-craft amphibious
landing force during the Guadalcanal Campaign, Munro bravely
used his landing craft and its .30 caliber machine gun to
shield and protect several hundred Marines who were under
heavy enemy fire. He was mortally wounded during this effort,
but his actions allowed for the Marines to be extracted by
other landing craft. Commissioned on 27 Sep 1971 as the tenth
cutter in the Hamilton Class, CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO was originally
homeported in Boston, MA but quickly moved to its Seattle, WA
homeport in 1973. CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO again shifted homeport to
Honolulu, HI in 1981 and then to Alameda, CA in 1989. CGC DOUGLAS
MUNRO made a final homeport shift to Kodiak, AK in 2007.
3. Over the course of the cutter's distinguished career, those who
sailed aboard CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO served in a multitude of domestic
and international theaters including the Bering Sea and Gulf
of Alaska, Persian Gulf and Horn of Africa, and Southeast Asia
and Eastern Pacific Ocean.
4. CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO's proud legacy of honorable service to
the Nation began in the early 1970s patrolling Ocean Stations
Delta, Bravo, and November, providing weather data to trans-
Pacific flights, supporting oceanographic research missions,
and performing search-and-rescue operations. CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO
also patrolled the Pacific for decades as a critical enforcer
of fisheries regulations, particularly with the international
fleets of the former Soviet Union, Korea, Indonesia, and Russia.
In 1998, CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO interdicted over 11.5 tons of cocaine
on a Mexican flagged vessel, the XOLESUIENTLE, in what remains
to this day one of the largest single drug seizures in USCG
history. The following year, CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO seized the motor
vessel WING FUNG LUNG, which was attempting to transport 259
illegal Chinese migrants to the United States. In early 2005,
at the beginning of a six-month, 37,000 mile global circumnavigation
that included support to Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING
FREEDOM, CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO diverted to render assistance to
countries affected by the devastating December 26, 2004 Indian
Ocean tsunami. CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO's legacy was epitomized on
March 23, 2008 when the cutter and its embarked MH-65 Aviation
Detachment worked with a forward deployed Air Station Kodiak
MH-60 to recover 20 survivors of the F/V ALASKA RANGER that
sank in the Bering Sea early that morning. The Seventeenth
Coast Guard District Commander at the time of the rescue,
RADM Arthur Brooks, declared it "One of the greatest search
and rescue efforts in modern history."
5. During the cutter's last year of service, CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO
completed 159 days away from homeport patrolling over 23,000
nautical miles in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and Pacific
Ocean to enforce laws, treaties, and regulations critical to
detecting and deterring Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported
(IUU) fishing. This included an operation NORTH PACIFIC GUARD
deployment and two Alaska patrols, concluding the cutter's long
legacy of safeguarding mariners in some of the world's most
perilous waters.
6. The decommissioning of CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO comes 10 years
after CGC HAMILTON was the first WHEC-378 to be decommissioned
in March 2011. CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO's decommissioning marks the
end of service for the 12-cutter HAMILTON class fleet, whose
crews proudly served the Nation for more than half a century.
The spirit of Douglas Munro will continue to live on in the
sixth National Security Cutter, CGC MUNRO (WMSL 755), the second
cutter to bear the name of the Coast Guard's sole Medal of
Honor recipient.
7. To current and past CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO crews, Plankowners,
Shellbacks (Golden, Emerald, Horned, or otherwise), subjects
of the Golden Dragon, Blue Noses, and even Pollywogs: Well Done!
Through 49 years of service, CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO crews admirably
served the Coast Guard and the Nation. Congratulations and
Bravo Zulu!
8. ADM Karl L. Schultz, Commandant (CCG), sends.
9. Internet release is authorized.
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Old 03-04-2021, 04:11 PM
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thanx for the post rang

well built ships.

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Old 03-04-2021, 06:09 PM
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Semper Paratus! Thanks Marc.

It is a sad day but I saw it coming. I rode the Jarvis WHEC-725 out of Honolulu from April 78 to April 80. I learned a lot about ship duty/life and my primary concern was keeping the surface search radar and LORAN systems squared away.
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Semper Paratus! A great history of a great ship.
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Would they sell?


Shipping (pun intended) would kill me probably but it would make an interesting fishing boat.


I went to a Coast Guard station on Lake Michigan in High School for a field trip and it was the coolest day ever and I will always remember the boats, ships, or vessels. They were not so big like the ocean going ships so I am not sure what to call them.

"Not" boat I am sure...
Not big enough to be a ship probably....
I think probably Vessel.


If it capsized it flipped back over by itself...the Great Lakes can get VERY rough and would probably shock most people who didn't grow up there. VERY dangerous waters in storms.


After that trip I wanted to join the Coast Guard but life took unexpected turns....


Much respect to those guys (and all military)!!!
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:58 AM
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They do actually sell them! I think all the first 378's already sold! When I was in Hawaii a couple years ago, the ex-RUSH was there, painted in Navy Haze Grey for the Bangladesh Navy. The Phillipines bought at least two of them, too. I have seen pictures of the Phillipino ones when they have their little events with the Chinese Navy in the disputed waters of the East China sea. They look like mighty warships in Haze Grey!

Coast Guard is an AWESOME service! I have worked with folks from all the branches (except Space Force) and once I worked with the USCG, I decided I would stay with them. Their culture is fantastic! If I could pick my sons job, I would send him to the Coast Guard Academy and he would be a USCG Officer for life.
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