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The Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin returned to Charleston Wednesday for the final time The Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin returned to Charleston Wednesday for the final time
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The Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin returned to its homeport in Charleston Wednesday for the final time as a Coast Guard cutter following the successful completion of a 72-day patrol.

During the cutter's final patrol, the crew conducted an emergency medevac of a Coast Guard Cutter Resolute crew member. The crew also interdicted 1016.7 kilos of cocaine worth $33.85 million during three separate seizures. The cutter made stops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Bocas Del Toro, Panama and Key West, Fla.

Related: Coast Guard seizes $18 million of cocaine in St. Petersburg, FL

The cutter is scheduled to be decommissioned in March 2014 and will be replaced by the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, which is the first East Coast National Security Cutter.

The recent success of the cutter Gallatin adds to a proud legacy that began when the ship was commissioned in 1968.

While honoring the past the new Hamilton cutter will join the fleet of the most technologically sophisticated class cutters in the Coast Guard. The NSC's are capable of performing critical homeland security, law enforcement and national defense missions in the most demanding open ocean environments.

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