Coast Guard to retire cutter

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A Coast Guard cutter with more than two decades of service in Alaska is retiring.

The Cutter Firebush is being decommissioned and handed over to the Federal Republic of Nigeria for use in that country's navy. The 180-foot buoytender will be decommissioned from active duty May 29 in Kodiak.

The Firebush was commissioned in 1944.

The vessel tended to buoys along the northeastern shoreline while home-ported on Staten Island and later Governor's Island in New York. Then it went through major renovations in 1978, then sailed through the Panama Canal to Kodiak.

Since 1979 the vessel has served Alaska mariners and the country in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.

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