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U.S.C.G. cutter from Sector Charleston now belongs to Nigeria

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In a weird twist of timing, the old Sector Charleston Cutter Gallatin was handed over to the Nigerian Navy this morning and will head east soon.

A small contingent of Nigerian sailors has been in Charleston the last few months undergoing training exercises to familiarize themselves with the 45-year-old vessel.

Many years ago Gallatin saw service in New York City, directly after being commissioned in 1969.

In 1996, she was transferred to Charleston's warmer climate where she has had an illustrious career responding to natural disasters, search and rescue operations, and participating in numerous illegal drug seizures.

This morning, Musiliu Obanikoro Nigeria's Minister of State for Defense thanked the United States for offering support and assistance with rescue efforts for the nearly 300 school girls recently abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

The Coast Guard will replace Gallatin with the U.S.C.G. Hamilton, a new generation of high endurance cutters designed to operate with fewer crew members.

The Gallatin’s transfer came under the Excess Defense Article Program and is the second cutter transferred to Nigeria in three years.

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