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US Coast Guard Cutter Sherman Returns from Final Deployment and then to be Transferred to Vietnam

US Coast Guard Cutter Sherman

US Coast Guard cutter Sherman returns from final deployment

US Coast Guard’s high endurance cutter Sherman (WHEC 720) returned from its final deployment on January 23, completing a 76-day patrol in the Bering Sea.

The deployment was Sherman’s last one before it decommissions in March this year after nearly 50 years of service.

The cutter is scheduled to be decommissioned on March 29 and will reportedly be transferred to Vietnam. Should this be the case, Sherman would be joining former sister ship USCGC Morgenthau which was renamed to ‘CSB 8020′ after it was transferred to Vietnam.

During their final patrol, the crew supported the safe transit of a disabled vessel over 800 miles to Dutch Harbor, enforced fisheries regulations in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. They also provided a command and control platform capable of embarking a helicopter, thus providing search and rescue coverage to those operating in the Bering Sea.

Sherman has a storied history including being the last remaining US Warship in the Coast Guard or Navy to have sunk an enemy vessel. It is also one of only two cutters to hold the Vietnam Service Award and the only cutter to hold the Combat Action Ribbon for action in the Vietnam War.

In 2001 it became the first cutter to circumnavigate the world, after conducting UN sanctions enforcement duty in the Persian Gulf and goodwill projects in Madagascar, South Africa and Cape Verde.

Adding to Sherman’s history, in March of 2007, a boarding team dispatched from the cutter discovered 17 metric tons of cocaine on the Panamanian-flagged freighter, Gatun. This seizure remains the largest drug bust in US history with an estimated street value of $600 million. As the record holder, …read more

Source:: FDRA Defensa Republica Argentina

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