U.S. Coast Guard To Decommission its High Endurance Cutter, USCGC Sherman

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will hold the decommissioning ceremony of its ninth High Endurance Cutter, USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720), at the Coast Guard Base Honolulu on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, will preside over the ceremony.

USCGC Sherman is one of the Coast Guard’s four remaining 378-foot Hamilton-class high endurance cutters (WHEC) still in commission. The 1950s era fleet of cutters is presently being replaced by the Legend-class National Security Cutters (NSC), which will soon serve as the Coast Guard’s primary, long-range asset.

USCGC Sherman’s operational resume includes action in the Vietnam War, major drug interdictions – including the largest individual cocaine seizure in U.S. history, maritime law enforcement cases, living marine resource protection, alien migration interdiction and numerous rescues.

USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)

USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720) is the sixth of the 12 Hamilton-class High Endurance Cutters built for the U.S. Coast Guard.

High Endurance Cutters are the largest cutters of the Coast Guard, aside from the three major Icebreakers and the newer National Security Cutters (Legend-class cutters), ever built for the Coast Guard.

Sherman was laid down January 25, 1967 at Avondale Shipyards near New Orleans, Louisiana and launched September 3, 1968. She was named for John Sherman, the 32nd United States Secretary of the Treasury and author of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

CGC Sherman was originally homeported in Boston, Massachusetts where her primary mission was ocean station patrol in the North Atlantic.

Sherman is also one of only two Coast Guard Cutters to hold the Vietnam Service Award and only Coast Guard Cutter to hold the Combat Action Ribbon for action in the Vietnam War. Sherman is the last remaining active U.S. warship in the Coast Guard or Navy to have sunk an enemy vessel in combat.

In July 2001, Sherman became the first Coast Guard cutter to circumnavigate the world, after conducting U.N. sanctions enforcement duty in the Persian Gulf and goodwill projects in Madagascar, South Africa, and Cape Verde.

In May 2015, Sherman was transferred to her current homeport in Honolulu, Hawaii.

After a final patrol in the Bering Sea, Sherman returned to Honolulu on January 23, 2018. Two new National Security Cutters (NSC) will replace Sherman and the previously-retired USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722) in Honolulu.

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