Cutter Storis to Remain on the West Coast

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard announced today the 65 year-old Coast Guard cutter Storis, decommissioned yesterday in Kodiak, Alaska, will be transferred to California to be temporarily stored and maintained until a decision is made on its final disposition.

“I am hopeful cutter Storis will become a museum, where a new generation of people from around the world can learn its colorful history, as well as the stories of the courageous Coast Guard men and women who served aboard this ship,” said Adm. Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard.

The cutter’s seven decades of accomplishments include patrolling the North Atlantic during World War II; conquering the Bering Sea delivering medical supplies to isolated villages in Alaskan territory; and ending the 450-year search for the Northwest Passage by establishing the deep draft channel route for shipping across the top of North America in 1957 – the same year Storis became the first U.S. ship to circumnavigate North America.

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