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Coast Guard cutter Gallatin returns to South Carolina after final patrol in Caribbean
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:41 PM EST
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.
After 45 years of service, the Coast Guard cutter Gallatin has finished its last patrol.
During the patrol, the cutter seized more than 24,000 pounds of cocaine valued at almost $34 million.
The Gallatin was commissioned in 1968 and will be decommissioned in March and transferred to Nigeria.
It will be replaced next year by the Hamilton, one of a new generation of National Security Cutters and the first of that class to be deployed on the East Coast. The new cutters are bigger and faster, and have longer range and state-of-the art surveillance equipment.