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The service of Hamilton-Class Coast Guard Cutters receives commendation

Curtis Macken

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - Bill Cassidy, the United States Senator of Louisiana, commended the service of Hamilton-class Coast Guard Cutters and its crew by introducing a resolution on July 23, 2021. The vessels were built at Avondale Shipyards in Louisiana.

The service was done together with U.S. Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger-Wicker (R-MS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

“These ships, mostly built in Avondale, Louisiana, are a symbol of the prestige and power of the United States Coast Guard. The men and women aboard these ships work to keep our waters safe and stop drugs that are headed towards our communities. This resolution honors the service and accomplishments of these vessels and their crew,” said Cassidy.

During its active service, Hamilton-class cutters have conducted illegal narcotics interdictions, discovered 20 metric tons of illegal narcotics which was the largest narcotics interdiction in the country at the time, and supported several peacetime and wartime operations such as Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Urgent Fury, Operation Vigilant Sentinel, Operation Deny Flight, and Operation Market Time.

Hamilton-class cutters have also carried out search and rescue operations at sea and have saved thousands of lives, including the rescue of 520 passengers and crew of the M/S Prinsendam, which is one of the largest sea rescues in Coast Guard history.

Coast Guard cutters are a vital component of the country to protect life at sea, prevent illicit activities, and ensure the continuation of the international rules-based order.

The resolution states that Congress should recognize the significance of the Coast Guard's readiness and should maximize it by investing in mission-enabling technologies and modernizing its assets. Currently, there are 9 active National Security Cutters, and 2 planned for delivery to the Coast Guard.

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