Coast Guard Cutter Departs Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for Last Time

Coast Guard Cutter Reliance patrols the Western Caribbean
Coast Guard Cutter Reliance patrols the Western Caribbean in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force - South October 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Clinton McDonald)

KITTERY, Maine — The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance is leaving Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the last time.

The 210-foot Reliance, which has spent 32 years in Maine and New Hampshire, was departing on patrol Monday. The ship will then continue next month to its new home at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida.

Commissioned in 1964, the cutter has a long history in New England.

In 1989, the Reliance served as on-scene commander for Narragansett Bay Oil Spill and directed the cleanup of over 300,000 gallons of crude. In 1991, its crew served as tactical command for the interdiction of a fishing vessel south of Long Island that was smuggling over 5 tons of cocaine.

The ship has been moved around before with homeports in Corpus Christi, Texas; Yorktown, Virginia; and Port Canaveral, Florida.

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