The 3,250 ton USCGC Gallatin – set to be decommissioned March 31st, 2014. She will be transferred to the Nigerian Navy

30 March, 2014

The Charleston-based Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin will be decommissioned Monday,ending a 45-year career in which its crews captured thousands of pounds of
cocaine and marijuana in the Caribbean valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.

But the ship’s career is not over. The
vessel is being transferred to the
Nigerian Navy. A small portion of the
crew from that African country is already on site getting trained.

And later this year, a replacement ship from what’s been described as the next generation of Coast Guard national security cutters – the Hamilton – will arrive in Charleston. It will be the first of its kind on the East
Coast with three others already pulling duty on the West Coast.

In the meantime, the Coast Guard doesn’t see a shortage of patrol vessels for East Coast and Caribbean duty.There are about a dozen medium endurance cutters stationed between Florida and Virginia, said a Coast Guard public affairs spokeswoman.

Gallatin executive officer Commander
Stephen Matadobra said there is a sense of ending for some of the crew. “It’s excitement, but you also have some folks that have been in the Coast Guard a long time,” he said. “It’s sad to see a cutter decommissioned.”

About 30 of the crew will be staying in
Charleston and assigned to the Hamilton.Others are being transferred and reassigned. As a more modern ship, the Hamilton needs only about 120 crew, as opposed to the more than 170 needed for the Gallatin.Updated machinery, navigation and electronics that need less human
observation is a reason.

During his career, Matadobra has heard of a number of tricks to move drugs, including fast, low-riding boats and even submersibles. He knew of one stop made about 15 years ago where someone used a pickup truck off Florida that had been converted to a smuggling boat.

Drug stops weren’t Gallatin’s only
missions. The ship’s participation record includes being a platform for “migrant interdiction,” including Operation Able Vigil in 1994 where the Gallatin coordinated and participated in the rescue of more than 27,000 Cuban migrants.

Other efforts include the search for the lost captain of the tall ship HMS Bounty replica off North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and in the natural disaster response to the St.Vincent volcano event in 1979.

Monday’s ceremony is set for 10 a.m., at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Pier Papa, in North Charleston. The event is closed to the public.


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  1. jimmy says:

    Vindication at last oga beegs!!!

  2. beegeagle says:

    IN THE BEGINNING, Beegeagle’s Blog broke the news of the imminence of this transfer. That is because our men include many big hitters who have their hands on the buttons.

    Fait accompli.
    Beegeagle’s Blog – INTEGRITAS.

  3. beegeagle says:

    Thanks for sharing, Oga XNur44.

  4. Deway says:

    Good news. Only if we could do more with these ships. 1 X 8 cell SAM launcher,, 1 X 4 cell C-802 SSM, Torpedo launcher, Gattling guns. At 3250 tons, NNS Thunder and ex-Gallatin should be packing some serious punches, wallahi.

  5. Colonel says:

    Oga beeg, thanks for always giving us the info on this blog. You are doing a great job!

  6. beegeagle says:

    Thanks, Colonel.

    It will get MUCH better when DHQ begin to facilitate tours of operational areas for us; when the NA begin to carry us along when it is time for NADCEL and for combined Infantry+Armour exercises; when the NN have us on board for sea exercises and the NAF find it fit to have us as guests for the AIR EXPO.

    Everyone reads us but no one seems to be bothered with raising the bar for us to grow and to have a reason to go on for another day. That is the dilemma which we have had to endure for 5 YEARS now. It is no joke sustaining one’s interest level in the prevailing circumstances…not at all. Only the SBS commandos have ever tried to carry us along in the most appropriate manner. I NEED HELP here so that this vision does not go the way of other noble Nigerian aspirations which fizzled out. God knows I do.

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. Grateful. THANK YOU.

  7. Muyiwa says:

    You are doing a great job under difficult conditions. Some of us truly appreciate you and the bloggers here. You win a battle by persisting, even when it requires you change tactics. Never give up. One day, soon, you will be sort after by thse ignoring you now.

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