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Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis completes final patrol

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis is scheduled to return to its homeport in Honolulu, Saturday after completing the final patrol of the ship's 40 years in service.

Since departing Honolulu Aug. 17, Jarvis completed a patrol in the Coast Guard's 14th District conducting operations with an embarked NOAA shiprider to enforce the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zones, which extend 230 miles from shore. The cutter conducted critical training to maintain proficiency and readiness. Through a coordinated effort with District 14 and Air Station Barber's Point, Jarvis was able to provide law enforcement presence throughout the Hawaiian island chain and most notably the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument extending out to Midway Island.

"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 holds the distinction of being 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.

Jarvis will be honored at a ceremony in Honolulu Oct. 2, where the ship will be taken out of active service and recognized for its 40 years of service to the nation. Later this year, Jarvis will be replaced in Honolulu by the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, which is currently homeported in Alameda, Calif. 

Jarvis is the fourth of the Coast Guard's fleet of 378-foot high endurance cutters to be removed from service to make way for the new, more capable fleet of National Security Cutters.

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