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Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin Decommissioned, Transferred to Nigeria
The Coast Guard bid a fond farewell to the Cutter Gallatin Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The decommissioned Gallatin will change flags and continue to serve as a Nigerian Navy ship. Months prior to the event, the cutter was slated for transfer to Nigeria through the Foreign Assistance Act.
Members of the Nigerian Navy stand in formation as members of the U.S. Coast Guard disembark the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the ship to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)
4 photos: Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin Decommissioned
Photo 1 of 4: Members of the Nigerian Navy stand in formation as members of the U.S. Coast Guard disembark the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the ship to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen) Download full-resolution version
Nigeria's Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro and U.S. Coast Guard Chief Acquisition Officer Rear Adm. Bruce Baffer sign documents during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the former Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)
4 photos: Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin Decommissioned
Photo 2 of 4: Nigeria's Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro and U.S. Coast Guard Chief Acquisition Officer Rear Adm. Bruce Baffer sign documents during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the former Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen) Download full-resolution version
The national ensign is lowered for the last time aboard the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the ship to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)
4 photos: Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin Decommissioned
Photo 3 of 4: The national ensign is lowered for the last time aboard the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the ship to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen) Download full-resolution version
A member of the Nigerian Navy raises the Nigerian naval ensign for the first time aboard NNS Okpabana during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the former Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)
4 photos: Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin Decommissioned
Photo 4 of 4: A member of the Nigerian Navy raises the Nigerian naval ensign for the first time aboard NNS Okpabana during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the former Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen) Download full-resolution version
Members of the Nigerian Navy stand in formation as members of the U.S. Coast Guard disembark the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the ship to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)
Nigeria's Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro and U.S. Coast Guard Chief Acquisition Officer Rear Adm. Bruce Baffer sign documents during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the former Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)
The national ensign is lowered for the last time aboard the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the ship to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)
A member of the Nigerian Navy raises the Nigerian naval ensign for the first time aboard NNS Okpabana during a ceremony in North Charleston, S.C., to transfer the former Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin to the Nigerian Navy Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

The Coast Guard bid a fond farewell to the Cutter Gallatin Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in a decommissioning ceremony at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. The decommissioned Gallatin will change flags and continue to serve as a Nigerian Navy ship. Months prior to the event, the cutter was slated for transfer to Nigeria through the Foreign Assistance Act.

Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker presided over the decommissioning where he commended the crew, its leaders and the cutter’s long and distinguished history.

“There is a special relationship that exists between sailor and ship, especially for a cutter as long-serving and loyal as Gallatin,” said. Capt. Caleb Corson, commanding officer of the Gallatin. “In writing the final chapter as the last high endurance cutter in the East Coast, its proud legacy will live on forever in Coast Guard history, our memories and in our hearts.”

As the sixth Coast Guard cutter bearing its namesake, the honorable Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, Gallatin’s distinguished history and contributions since 1968 include missions in maritime law enforcement, domestic and international humanitarian relief, search and rescue, nation-building and ambassador of goodwill.

Gallatin leaves the U.S. government service on a high note with its last drug bust halting the influx of 2.8 tons of cocaine over the course of three separate patrols in 2013.

As Gallatin is “released from active duty” from the U.S. Coast Guard, it will change flags and continue to serve as a Nigerian Navy ship. Months prior to the event, the cutter was slated for transfer to Nigeria through the Foreign Assistance Act.

The FSA allows the transfer of excess defense articles as a grant to friendly foreign governments under the auspices of the State Department.

Scheduled for commissioning in early December 2014, the first East Coast-based National Security Cutter Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton will replace the Gallatin.

Hamilton is the fourth NSC built for the Coast Guard with post-911 multi-mission capabilities. NSC’s are capable of performing critical homeland security, law enforcement and national defense missions in the most demanding open ocean environments.

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