Training Center to Host Ceremony Commemorating 30th Anniversary of Cuyahoga Sinking

YORKTOWN, Va. – Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown will host the 30th anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga’s sinking on Monday.

The ceremony will honor 10 Coast Guardsmen and one Indonesian naval officer who lost their lives aboard the Cuyahoga on the night of Oct. 20, 1978, after the ship was struck amidships by a 521-foot coal freighter at the mouth of the Potomac River.

The Cuyahoga quickly sank and only 18 of the ship’s crewmembers were rescued.

The keynote speaker will be retired Adm. James Loy, former Commandant of the Coast Guard.

The commemoration ceremony will begin with the observance of morning colors on the parade field at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a memorial service in Olde Yorke Chapel.

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