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Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis returns from its final patrol

    The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis Returns to Honolulu from their final patrol aboard the 40 year old vessel on Sept. 15, 2012. The hard work of the many crews of Jarvis has kept the vessel in service since Aug. 4, 1972. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis returned to its homeport of Honolulu today from its final patrol in Hawaiian waters.

The cutter will be decommissioned next month after 40 years of service.

“Serving aboard Jarvis has been an honor and this final cruise is especially bittersweet for everyone onboard,” said Capt. Richard Mourey, Jarvis’ commanding officer. “Jarvis has proudly served the Coast Guard and the people of Hawaii for the past 40 years, and we will all remember her fondly.”

The Jarvis left Honolulu Aug. 17 on a fisheries patrol in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in he northwest Hawaiian islands.

The Jarvis was the first Coast Guard cutter to be commissioned in Hawaii, and has called Honolulu home since being commissioned Aug. 4, 1972.  The cutter is named after Captain David H. Jarvis, who led an expedition to rescue 300 whalers stranded off Barrow Point, Alaska in 1897.

Later this year, the Jarvis will be replaced in Honolulu by the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, which is now homeported in Alameda, Calif. 

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