Coast Guard Announces Retirement of Last 44ft Motor Lifeboat

The Coast Guard has announced that a retirement and decommission ceremony for the Coast Guard’s last 44 foot mootr lifeboat (MLB), 44301, is scheduled for May 8 at Coast Guard Station Chatham, Massachusetts.

The 44 ft MLB has been one of the most successful boat designs in Coast Guard history.  In service for nearly a half century, Coast Guard 44 ft MLBs and their crews saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars in property.  The 44 ft MLB represented the core of heavy weather search and rescue capability to the American boating public for 46 years.  Its stalwart presence wss Always Ready for the call when storm driven winds, seas, and surf began to build.  With superior construction integrity and seaworthiness, the 44 ft MLB swiftly built a reputation as a boat that safely brought boat crews home in all weather conditions.

The Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces, First Coast Guard District, Sector southeaster New England, and Station Chatham are extending an invitation to Coast Guard members (active duty, retired, reserve, auxiliary, and civilian) to attend this historic occasion.  Those planning to attend the ceremony are requested to visit the Station Chatham website, listed below, and click on the sign in sheet so that an accurate count is available for planning.

For additional information on the 44 ft MLB or to RSVP for the ceremony please visit the Station Chatham website. http://www.uscg.mil/D1/STACHATHAM/44RETIREMENT.ASP

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  1. Robert W. Witter, CAPT, USCG (Ret) says:

    It wil be a distinct honor to participate in the retirement of 44301, having also had the privilege of introducing in 1964 and retiring the RNLI 44-001 (ex CG 44328) coincidental with the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the summer of 1999.