The recently decommissioned United Coast Guard High Endurance Cutter USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719) has returned to San Francisco Bay, the US Coast Guard Pacific Southwest said June 3. The voyage will be the last with US Coast Guard crew.
“Recently decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returns to San Francisco Bay area for its final voyage with a Coast Guard crew,” USCG Pacific Southwest said.
USCGC Boutwell will be transferred to Philippine Navy. The Hamilton-class cutter was earlier pledged to the Philippine Navy by US President Barack Obama.
“After 47 years of of service, the crew will prepare the ship for a foreign military sale and transfer to the Philippine navy,” USCG Pacific Southwest added.
Boutwell is the sister ship of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (formerly the USCGC Hamilton) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (ex-USCGC Dallar) which were decommissioned in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
“We are expecting the delivery of this ship this year. (It will be an) additional asset for the PN and will be a big boost to our capabilities once it enters our inventory,” Navy public affairs office chief Captain Lued Lincuna said.
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