Coast Guard Decommissions its Oldest Ship

KETCHIKAN, Alaska – The 67-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet was decommissioned during a ceremony Friday, March 11, 2011 at Base Support Unit Ketchikan. The Acushnet was originally commissioned as a Diver Class Fleet Rescue and Salvage Vessel, USS SHACKLE (ARS 9) for the U.S. Navy Feb. 5, 1944. As the oldest ship in the service, the Acushnet was crowned “Queen of the Fleet” after...