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US Coast Guard's Hamilton-class cutter Transferred To Vietnam
US Coast-guard Hamilton class cutter

US Coast Guard has transferred a High Endurance Cutter to the Vietnam Coast Guard 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, US Embassy in Vietnam announced last month end.

After nearly 50 years of service in the US Coast Guard, the former Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau was officially transferred to the Vietnam coast guard under the name CSB-8020. 

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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