US Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau transferred to Vietnam

New crewmembers line the starboard rail aboard CSB-8020 during a transfer of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, May 25, 2017. Photo: US Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard transferred the former high endurance cutter Morgenthau to the Vietnam coast guard during a ceremony in Honolulu, on May 25.

The former U.S. Coast Guard cutter will be renamed CSB 8020 and 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 the Vietnam Coast Guard from the U.S. Government through the Excess Defense Articles program.

Former USCGC Morgenthau was decommissioned in April this year after 48 years of service with the U.S. Coast Guard.

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