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Sector Charleston sends decommissioned cutter to Nigerian Navy

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Today U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston said farewell to the 45-year-old cutter Gallatin and formally transferred it to the Nigerian Navy.

A small crew from the Nigerian Navy has been in Charleston for some time now involved in training operations.

The cutter Gallatin has had an illustrious career on the Eastern Seaboard responding to natural disasters, search and rescue operations, and participating in numerous illegal drug seizures.

In 1994, Gallatin participated in the massive Operation Able Vigil where some 27,000 Cuban migrants were intercepted before reaching U.S. soil and repatriated to either their home country, or another country participating in the operation.

Gallatin’s replacement vessel will be the U.S.C.G.C. Hamilton, a new generation of high endurance cutters designed to operate with fewer crew members.

Hamilton will be the first of its kind to navigate along the East Coast. Three of the next generation vessels are already operating in Pacific.

Typically, decommissioned Coast Guard and Navy vessels are sent to The Philippines or Guam.

Examiner’s Note: Just a few weeks ago, there was a “shortfall” in the Nigerian government of $20 billion. Today the U.S. government transfers an aging cutter to one of the “largest navies on the African continent.” Nowhere in local press releases was it mentioned that the Nigerian Navy purchased Gallatin.

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