Coast Guard’s 64 Year Old Cutter to be Decommissioned

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard ‘s “Queen of the Fleet,” Cutter Storis will be decommissioned during a ceremony on the Coast Guard base February 8, 2006 in Kodiak. The ship is known as the Queen of the Fleet for being the oldest active duty cutter in service.

During World War II, CGC Storis patrolled the North Atlantic to prevent the establishment of Nazi weather stations in Greenland. In 1948, CGC Storis changed homeport to Juneau, Alaska from where it supplied medical treatment to native villages and survey uncharted waters in the arctic.

In July of 1957 Storis, along with cutters Bramble and Spar which are now decommissioned, completed its historic transit of the Northwest Passage and circumnavigation of the North American continent. Soon thereafter CGC Storis was transferred to its present homeport of Kodiak, Alaska.

Proudly bearing its gold “38” hull number – a distinction given only to the oldest cutter in the fleet – the crew of the Storis completed their last patrol in Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea in early December 2006.

Former Storis sailors are invited to contact YN1 Timoteo (ltimoteo@cgcstoris.uscg.mil) if they desire to attend the ceremony.

Coast Guard Pacific Area Public Affairs is in the process of setting up a dedicated website for the 64 year old cutter, which will be hosted by Military.com and supported by Fred’s Place.org. Former Storis crewmembers who are interested in sharing photos, video and sea stories and welcome to forward them to the Pacific Area Public Affairs office for inclusion.

A Storis blog is also being established for crewmembers to share their stories. Once everything is set up the sites address will be released.

All information sent to public affairs will also be forwarded to Storis’ commanding officer for possible inclusion into the decommissioning ceremony.

Mailing address: Building 42 (Pep) Coast Guard Island, Alameda, Ca. 94501 c/o Public Affairs Email Address: Brian.N.Leshak@uscg.mil

Telephone #: 510-437-3375

Source: USCG D17 Public Affairs

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