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Media invited to attend Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater decommissioning in Cape May, NJ

Media invited to attend Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater decommissioning in Cape May, NJ

WHO: Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater’s crew, members of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay

WHAT: Decommissioning ceremony for the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater

WHERE:  Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, 1 Munro Avenue, N.J., 08204

WHEN: Thursday, April 15, at 10 a.m. Media are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m.

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard will decommission the Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater after 19 years of service during an official ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, Thursday.

The Shearwater was one of the Coast Guard’s 70 remaining 87-foot Marine Protector-class patrol boats and homeported in Cape May, which is now home to three of the Coast Guard’s new 154-foot Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters.

Commissioned in 2002, the Shearwater was the 49th out of 73 coastal patrol boats built for search and rescue, ports, waterways, and coastal security, living marine resource enforcement, marine safety, and marine environmental protection. 

Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP no later than Wednesday at 4 p.m. by contacting the Coast Guard 5th District Public Affairs office at (757) 295-8435.

Reporters and photographers must have valid media credentials and driver’s licenses. Vehicles entering the base must have proof of registration and auto insurance. 

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