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One of USCG’s oldest cutters decommissioned in Monday ceremony

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - One of the U.S. Coast Guard's oldest cutters will move into retirement Monday after 44 years of service.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton will be decommissioned in a ceremony at the Naval Base San Diego at 3 p.m., according to Henry Dunphy, a Coast Guard spokesman.

The 378-foot high endurance cutter had its home port in San Diego, but sailed around the world, including to Alaska, Vietnam and Haiti during its service, Dunphy said.

The Hamilton's final deployment from November 2010 to February 2011 took it to the Bering Sea for fishery enforcement, navigation aids and search and rescue, he said.

The vessel's crew intercepted weapons smugglers and fired more than 4,600 rounds of gunfire during a 1969 deployment to Vietnam, he said. In 1994, the ship's crew rescued 135 Haitians after their sailboat capsized and sank.

Vice Adm. Manson Brown, the commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area, will preside over the decommissioning ceremony.

Several former crewmembers, including members of the Hamilton's original crew, will also attend a reunion after the ceremony.

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