Coast Guard to decommission aging cutter in Sitka

Posted: Friday, March 02, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard cutter Woodrush is retiring after more than 20 years of service in Alaska.

The Coast Guard will decommission the 180-foot-long vessel Friday in Sitka. Coast Guard officials said the Ghanaian navy is buying the cutter from the Coast Guard. Woodrush crewmembers spent the last two weeks training a Ghanaian crew to operate the ship.

The buoy tender was built in Duluth, Minn., and launched in 1944. After its long service in the Great Lakes, the cutter arrived in Sitka in 1980.

A new cutter, the Maple, is replacing the Woodrush. It's the second of four new buoy tenders built to replace the Coast Guard's aging vessels in Alaska.

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