U.S. Transfers High-Endurance Cutter to Vietnam Coast Guard
HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard transferred a high-endurance cutter to the Vietnam Coast Guard during a ceremony in Honolulu on May 25, the service said in a release.
The ex-USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC 722), which will be renamed CSB 8020, is expected to improve the Vietnam Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness, increase its capacity to perform maritime law enforcement operations, and conduct search and rescue and other humanitarian response operations.
“This cutter provides a concrete and significant symbol of the U.S-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership," said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Michael J. Haycock, assistant commandant for Acquisition and chief acquisition officer. “The Coast Guard is honored to see this vessel continue to preserve global peace and prosperity as a part of the Vietnam Coast Guard.”
The CSB 8020 was transferred to Vietnam from the U.S. government through the Excess Defense Articles program, which offers excess military equipment to U.S. partner and allied countries in support of their military and security modernization efforts.