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Retitled: SLNS Gajabahu (P-626) - ex-USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« on: August 28, 2017, 02:59:05 PM »
Taken from the USCGC Sherman Association website.  According to the website, in an exchange of emails between the association and the Sherman's current commanding officer, the ship is on schedule to decommission sometime around March 30, 2018.

http://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/blog/

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Sherman Breaking news.
Jack Schneider shared an email from Captain Steven Wittrock, CO of the Sherman. Jack and I just got off the phone after much discussion about our plans of action. This is a call to action for our Sherman crew(s) interested in the Hawaii Reunion / Decommissioning / 50th Year Anniversary of Sherman's Honorable service: More to come soon! What follows is Captain Whittrocks email concerning our Cutter's near future!:


Greetings from the Arctic.


I thought I would check in and let you know that as of right now we still on track for a decommissioning right at the end of March, probably about the 30th. I believe they are just working to finalize the date.


We have been keeping very busy up here in the Arctic and she is still running well with no lost ops days, thanks to the hard work of the Engineers. At the bottom of the e-mail are a couple of articles on our endeavors up here.


Very respectfully,
Capt S Wittrock
CGC Sherman

This is consistent with earlier posted reports in this group from the US Maritime Administration that list the schedule for decommissioning of the remaining Hamilton class cutters.

https://www.marad.dot.gov/wp-content/uploads/pdf/2016-Program-Annual-Report.pdf
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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 12:19:26 AM »
Indications are that the official decommissioning date is set for March 29, 2018.  The ship will be turned over to the Vietnamese Navy immediately that day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1742826132678462/

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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2018, 03:04:28 AM »
From: Naval Today - January 24, 2018
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During their final patrol, the crew supported the safe transit of a disabled vessel over 800 miles to Dutch Harbor, enforced fisheries regulations in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. They also provided a command and control platform capable of embarking a helicopter, thus providing search and rescue coverage to those operating in the Bering Sea.

Sherman has a storied history including being the last remaining US Warship in the Coast Guard or Navy to have sunk an enemy vessel. It is also one of only two cutters to hold the Vietnam Service Award and the only cutter to hold the Combat Action Ribbon for action in the Vietnam War.


US Coast Guard photo of USCGC Sherman

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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 04:41:20 PM »
where did all the WHEC goes?

01) USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715) Decommissioned March 28 2011, transferred to the Philippine Navy 13 May 2011 as BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15)

02) USCGC Dallas (WHEC-716) Decommissioned 30 March 2012, transferred to the Philippine Navy on 22 May 2012 as BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16)

03) USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717), USCGC

04) USCGC Chase (WHEC-718) Decommissioned 29 March 2011, transferred to Nigerian Navy on 13 May 2011 as the NNS Thunder (F90)

05) USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719) Decommissioned 16 March 2016, transferred to the Philippine Navy on 21 July 2016 as BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17)

06) USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720), USCGC

07) USCGC Gallatin (WHEC-721) Decommissioned 31 March 2014, transferred to Nigerian Navy on 7 May 2014 as NNS Okpabana (F93)

08) USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722) Decommissioned 18 April 2017, transferred to Vietnam Coast Guard on 25 May 2017 as CSB 8020

09) USCGC Rush (WHEC-723) Decommissioned 3 February 2015, transferred to the Bangladesh Navy on 6 May 2015 as BNS Somudra Avijan

10) USCGC Munro (WHEC-724) - USCGC

11) USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725) Decommissioned 2 October 2012, transferred to the Bangladesh Navy on 23 May 2013 as BNS Somudra Joy

12) USCGC Midgett (WHEC-726), USCGC

there are still 4 in the USCGC... we got (Philippines) 3, Bangladesh 2, Nigeria 2, Vietnam 1

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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2018, 03:18:20 PM »
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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2018, 04:05:20 AM »
Official announcement of the decommissioning ceremony for USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720) on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Coast Guard base in Honolulu, Hawaii.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e3e7b5#.WrvxsnYj404.facebook

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Media availability: Coast Guard to decommission 9th High Endurance Cutter

HONOLULU — Media are invited to observe the decommissioning of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman (WHEC 720), the Coast Guard's ninth High Endurance Cutter, Thursday.

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.

Sherman was launched Sept. 3, 1968, and was the sixth of 12 Hamilton-class High Endurance Cutters built by Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans. High Endurance Cutters are the largest cutters, aside from the three major Icebreakers and National Security Cutters, ever built for the Coast Guard.

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.

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

WHAT: Decommissioning ceremony for Coast Guard's ninth High Endurance Cutter.

WHEN: Thursday, March 29, at 2 p.m. Media should arrive at Coast Guard Base Honolulu no later than 1:15 p.m.

WHERE: Coast Guard Base Honolulu, 400 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819. Media will be met at the front gate and escorted.

Please RSVP to Coast Guard 14th District External Affairs at 808-341-9849 or 808-535-3230 by 3 p.m., Wednesday.

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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2018, 02:28:40 PM »
The ship might actually be headed to Sri Lanka.  An official offer was made for a Secretary class cutter (the alternate name for the Hamilton class) in November 2017.

The article refers to this as the 2nd cutter to be received from the US.  Sri Lanka previously received the former USCGC Courageous, a Reliance class WMEC.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_17B/Nov07_1510029283CH.php

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U.S. offers Sri Lanka a second Coast Guard cutter to protect island nation's sea lines of trade and communication

Tue, Nov 7, 2017, 10:04 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 07, Colombo: As a sign of strong bilateral ties and deepening U.S. engagement in Sri Lanka, the United States announced it will offer a second U.S. Coast Guard cutter to the Sri Lankan Navy, pending completion of Congressional notification.

The Secretary Class High Endurance Cutter will allow Sri Lanka to more effectively police its coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone and to protect its sea lines of trade and communication, said a joint statement issued by the U.S. and Sri Lanka on the occasion of the second U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue held on Monday, November 6 in Colombo.

The meeting was led by Sri Lanka Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam and U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon.

 At the meeting, the United States and Sri Lanka together emphasized the importance of their bilateral relationship and expressed commitment to expand and strengthen the U.S.-Sri Lanka partnership for mutual benefit.

The text of the Joint statement:

Sharing a commitment to democracy, rule of law, and the prosperity and well-being of our peoples, Sri Lanka and the United States convened the second Partnership Dialogue on November 6, 2017, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The meeting was led by Sri Lanka Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam and U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon.

The Partnership Dialogue demonstrates the consolidation of cooperation between the United States and Sri Lanka, and serves to further strengthen and enhance bilateral relations in the widest sense, through regular and structured engagement.

As fellow democracies, the two governments resolved to work together toward a free and open Indo-Pacific region and for greater peace and stability around the world. The United States and Sri Lanka agreed that the security, stability, and prosperity of the Indian Ocean region should be safeguarded through the promotion of a rules-based order which would ensure that all countries that enjoy the global commons respect international laws and norms. Both countries agreed to advance this vision for peace and stability regionally and in international fora and stressed the particular importance of the freedom of navigation and overflight and of maintaining a maritime order based on the rule of law including unimpeded commerce, and they shared the intention to further promote cooperation and exchanges in maritime security and safety, including anti-piracy measures. Sri Lanka emphasized its need, as an island nation, to build maritime capacity so that it can effectively patrol its own borders and safeguard its marine resources.

The vision to develop Sri Lanka as a regional hub for trade and investment in Asia, which would connect trade flows among ASEAN, India, the Middle East and Africa through free and open seas that would be the key to growth of the region, was discussed. The United States expressed its support for Sri Lanka through trade, investment, foreign assistance and direct partnership with stakeholders throughout the country. The United States remains committed to a strong economic partnership and robust trade relationship with Sri Lanka.

Since the inaugural Partnership Dialogue in February 2016, Sri Lanka and the United States have made substantial progress in bilateral relations. This includes cooperation in law enforcement, counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, and the establishment of U.S. Departments of Treasury and Justice programs to help address fiscal and debt challenges, to strengthen rule of law, and to enhance transparency. Several important official visits have taken place, including high-level U.S delegations to Sri Lanka, and visits to the United States by His Excellency the President, the Honorable Speaker of the Parliament, and the Minister of Finance and Mass Media, among others.

As a sign of strong bilateral ties and deepening U.S. engagement in Sri Lanka, the United States announced it will offer a second U.S. Coast Guard cutter to the Sri Lankan Navy, pending completion of Congressional notification. The Secretary Class High Endurance Cutter will allow Sri Lanka to more effectively police its coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone and to protect its sea lines of trade and communication. The United States is also working with the Sri Lankan government to return U.S. Peace Corps volunteers to Sri Lanka�s English classrooms. The United States also announced a $21 million/3,150,000,000 Sri Lankan rupees project, awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture�s Food for Progress program, to modernize and strengthen Sri Lanka�s dairy sector by increasing productivity and improving milk quality, financing, food safety, and trade. The development of a Millennium Challenge Corporation compact for grant assistance for Sri Lanka will continue through 2017-2018.

Both countries acknowledged the bilateral and regional strategic benefits of increased military cooperation, including the U.S. Marine Corps� role in helping establish the Sri Lanka Marine Corps, sending Sri Lankan candidates to professional military academies in the United States, as well as several bilateral exercises and ship visits and engagements among top military officials from both countries.

Sri Lanka and the United States recalled their co-sponsorship of a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2017, reaffirming Sri Lanka�s commitment to promote reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in pursuit of lasting peace and prosperity. The United States expressed support to Sri Lanka in the implementation of commitments as agreed in the Human Rights Council resolution, such as truth-seeking, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence, that includes providing closure to the families of the missing, and implementing appropriate reforms to enhance the professionalism of security institutions. USAID is assisting the Government of Sri Lanka in the implementation of these commitments that reflect the will of the people of Sri Lanka, through support for reconciliation activities.

The commitment of the government of Sri Lanka to strengthening democracy, democratic institutions and practices, good governance, the rule of law, justice, reconciliation, accountability, and parliamentary procedures, was emphasized. The United States welcomed progress on constitutional reform, the return of private land held by security forces, and the establishment of an independent and permanent Office of Missing Persons.

Bilateral security sector cooperation continues in parallel with Sri Lanka�s ongoing reconciliation, rule of law and judicial reform efforts. This also includes U.S. support for demining, joint military engagements, human rights training of Sri Lankan officers, and visits by ships and military officials.

Sri Lanka and the United States shared concerns about the grave threats to global security posed by terrorist groups such as ISIS.

The threat posed to international peace and security by North Korea�s unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs, was discussed, and the importance of all UN member states maintaining pressure on the DPRK, and the full implementation UN Security Council Resolutions, in this respect, was emphasized.

The two countries noted with satisfaction the Indian Ocean regional conference hosted by Sri Lanka in August-September 2017, and agreed to continue to pursue joint initiatives that enhance security, stability, transparency and economic opportunity in the Indo-Pacific region.

Together, the United States and Sri Lanka emphasized the importance of their bilateral relationship and expressed commitment to expand and strengthen the U.S.-Sri Lanka partnership for mutual benefit.

The United States was one of the first countries to recognize Sri Lanka following independence in 1948. Both countries reaffirmed commitment to work towards increasing engagement and mutual support as the United States and Sri Lanka mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2018.

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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2018, 01:05:33 PM »
Storied Coast Guard ship retires after 50 years of service
By WILLIAM COLE | The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Tribune News Service) | Published: April 1, 2018

https://www.stripes.com/storied-coast-guard-ship-retires-after-50-years-of-service-1.519948?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Stars+and+Stripes+Emails&utm_campaign=Daily+Headlines

The 50-year-old cutter Sherman, the Coast Guard’s last active warship to have sunk an enemy vessel in combat, was decommissioned in Honolulu on Thursday.

The 378-foot cutter was in service during the Vietnam War in November 1970 when it intercepted and assisted other U.S. ships in sinking a North Vietnamese supply trawler that was hailed to stop but resisted, according to the Coast Guard.

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Commissioned in 1968, the ship is going to Sri Lanka through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, the Coast Guard said.

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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2018, 11:54:03 AM »
From: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/04/02/storied-coast-guard-ship-retires-after-50-years-service.html

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Commissioned in 1968, the ship is going to Sri Lanka through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, the Coast Guard said.

The Morgenthau, commissioned in 1969, was turned over to Vietnam upon its decommissioning. The Sherman was sent to Honolulu in 2015 to replace the retired cutter Rush. Both the Rush and Jarvis were transferred to Bangladesh.

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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2018, 09:56:37 PM »
Secretary visits 'Sherman' in Hawaii
[August 24 2018]

http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=Secretary_visits_Sherman_in_Hawaii_20180824_01

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC visited the Sri Lanka Navy crew onboard the ex-USCGC 'Sherman' in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday (22).

The Secretary was accompanied by the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe during the visit.

The Secretary inspected the ship and addressed the SLN crew. He also met with US Coast Guard officials for discussions.

The Sri Lankan Consul Mr. Bede Dhammika Cooray was also present at the occasion.

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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2018, 08:40:56 AM »
Sri Lanka Navy receives ex-US Coast Guard cutter | Janes - 30 August 2018
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The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) received an ex-US Coast Guard (USCG) Hamilton-class cutter from the United States on 27 August.

The high-endurance cutter (formerly known as USCGC Sherman before being decommissioned in March) was handed over to the navy as a gift in a ceremony held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The ceremony was presided over by SLN commander Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe and USCG Rear Admiral Michael Haycock.

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The embassy also said that 110 Sri Lankan sailors have been training for over a month on how to operate the vessel. The sail-away date for the cutter will be in February 2019, with US-provided overhaul, maintenance, and crew training expected to continue until then. The cutter will be the second former USCG vessel to join the SLN following SLNS Samudura (ex- Courageous ), which was gifted to Sri Lanka in 2004.


The SLN received ex-US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutter USCGC Sherman from the United States on 27 August. Source: Via US Embassy in Sri Lanka

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Re: Decommissioning Watch: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2019, 04:48:53 PM »
Sri Lanka Navy ceremonially takes over US Coast Guard Cutter ‘Sherman’ at Honolulu

POSTED BY: SUNETH AUGUST 29, 2018

http://www.azimuthworld.com/sri-lanka-navy-ceremonially-takes-over-us-coast-guard-cutter-sherman-at-honolulu/

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The designated Sri Lankan Navy crew of the ship is scheduled to undergo training on the ship an estimated 40 days of sailing across the Pacific and Indian Ocean before they take her home by early April 2019.

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Re: Retitled: P-626 - ex-USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2019, 01:04:13 PM »
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/174802/first-time-sri-lanka-navy-ship-docks-in-manila?fbclid=IwAR3ZLBePMGPshiB8RVFO_EGFiDGDuHw5YdrCgxz_olxjmzlFT8Nj0yyiyEo



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LOOK: P626 of the Sri Lanka Navy is in Manila for a 4-day goodwill visit. This is their first Navy ship to visit the Philippines. | Via @FMangosing

https://www.facebook.com/inquirerdotnet/posts/10157861136179453



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Re: Retitled: P-626 - ex-USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2019, 04:32:23 AM »
https://www.janes.com/article/89205/ex-us-coast-guard-cutter-enters-service-with-sri-lanka-navy

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Ex-US Coast Guard cutter enters service with Sri Lanka Navy
12 June 2019

Named SLNS Gajabahu (with pennant number P 626), the 115.2 m-long vessel entered service in a ceremony held at the Colombo harbour attended by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.

The high-endurance cutter (formerly known as USCGC Sherman ) is now the largest ship in the SLN fleet and is expected to "increase the operational capability of the island's sea arm", according to a statement issued by the SLN that same day.

The vessel, which was handed over to the SLN in August 2018 as a gift from the US, will be used for "patrol and surveillance missions in the deep seas around Sri Lanka, providing the maritime security and assistance to [conduct] search-and-rescue operations", said the service.

Gajabahu , which will have a crew of 133, including 22 officers, has been equipped with "state-of-the-art weapons and machinery", added the SLN.

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The ship is the second former USCG cutter to join the SLN, following SLNS Samudura (ex- Courageous ), which was gifted to Sri Lanka in 2004. The Hamilton-class has a full-load displacement of 3,353 tonnes, an overall beam of 13.1 m, and a draught of 6.1 m, according to Jane ' s Fighting Ships


On 6 June the Sri Lanka Navy commissioned SLNS %3Cem%3EGajabahu%3C/em%3E , an ex-USCG Hamilton-class cutter, in a ceremony held at the Colombo harbour. (Sri Lanka Navy)