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Coast Guard holds decommissioning ceremony in Atlantic Beach

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ATLANTIC BEACH, Carteret County - Two Coast Guard cutters that served for 30 years were decommissioned in a ceremony on Wednesday.

The Cushing is described as the 21st 110-foot Island Class cutter built by Bollinger shipyard in Lockport, La., and commissioned on Dec. 1, 1988. Cushing's first homeport was Mobile, Ala., followed by San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cushing moved permanently to Atlantic Beach in 2015.

The Nantucket was the 16th 110-foot Island Class cutter built by Bollinger shipyard in Lockport, La. and was commissioned in 1987. Nantucket's first homeport was Miami, followed by Key West, Fla., San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Petersburg, Fla. Nantucket was introduced in Atlantic Beach in 2014. Nantucket was moved permanently to Atlantic Beach in 2014.

Both ships were built primarily as a platform for law enforcement, but conducted missions including maritime homeland security, migrant interdiction, fisheries enforcement and search and rescue.

"Today is a great day because we're celebrating not only Cushing and Nantucket, but the crews who maintained them throughout the years," Lt. Mario Gil, commanding officer of the Cushing said in a press release.

Click below to see a gallery of photos from the ceremony.

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