Coast Guard to Decommission Two Island-class Patrol Boats
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Coast Guard will be retiring two of its oldest patrol boats on March 8.
The 110-foot Island-class patrol boats USCGC Nantucket (WPB 1316) and USCGC Cushing (WPB 1321), both stationed at Coast Guard Station Atlantic Beach, N.C., will be decommissioned in ceremonies on that date, the Coast Guard said in a March 6 release.
The Island-class cutters are used to conduct missions including maritime homeland security, migrant interdiction, fisheries enforcement and search and rescue.
The decommissioning will leave 23 Island-class patrol boats in service. Eight were decommissioned in 2015 and two more were in 2016. Six of the class are stationed in the Persian Gulf for maritime security and interdiction duties. Many of the Island class have been replaced by the 87-foot Marine Protector class, and more recently, the 154-foot Sentinel-class fast-response cutters.