Coast Guard cutter retired in Kodiak

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) The Coast Guard planned to retire the cutter Firebush Thursday in Kodiak after nearly six decades in service.

In 59 years, the Firebush served in three wars and called three ports home. The 180-foot buoy tender was based in Kodiak for 24 of those years.

The Firebush also was stationed at New London, Conn., and Staten Island, N.Y.

The Coast Guard had scheduled a decommissioning ceremony on board the ship at the Guard base at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Firebush and its crew will leave Kodiak over the weekend and head for San Pedro, Calif. Then it will be sold to the Nigerian navy for tender work in that country's oil fields.

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