U.S. Transfers High Endurance Cutter to Vietnam Coast Guard

U.S. transfers High Endurance Cutter to Vietnam Coast Guard

HONOLULU, May 26, 2017 – The U.S. Coast Guard transferred a High Endurance Cutter to the Vietnam Coast Guard during a ceremony in Honolulu on Thursday morning.

The ship, which will be renamed CSB 8020, is expected to improve the Vietnam Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness, increase its capacity to perform maritime law enforcement operations, and conduct search and rescue and other humanitarian response operations.

Members of the Vietnam coast guard embark CSB-8020 during a transfer of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, May 25, 2017. After nearly 50 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard, the former Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau was officially transferred to the Vietnam coast guard under the name CSB-8020.“This cutter provides a concrete and significant symbol of the U.S-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership,” said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Michael J. Haycock, assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer. “The Coast Guard is honored to see this vessel continue to preserve global peace and prosperity as a part of the Vietnam Coast Guard.”

The CSB 8020 was transferred to the Vietnam Coast Guard from the U.S. Government through the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program. The EDA offers excess military equipment to U.S. partner and allied countries in support of their military and security modernization efforts.

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