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Former U.S. Cutter Morgenthau Transferred to Vietnamese Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau (WHEC 722) in full dress at the decommissioning ceremony in Honolulu, April 18, 2017. US Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard transferred a Hamilton-class cutter to the Vietnam Coast Guard during a Thursday ceremony in Hawaii.

The former high endurance cutter Morgenthau (WHEC 722) was originally commissioned in 1969 and was decommissioned in mid-April ahead of the planned transfer.

“This cutter provides a concrete and significant symbol of the U.S-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership,” said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Michael J. Haycock, assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer in a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.
“The Coast Guard is honored to see this vessel continue to preserve global peace and prosperity as a part of the Vietnam Coast Guard.”

According to the statement, the cutter 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.”

Crewmembers line the starboard rail aboard CSB-8020 during a transfer of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, May 25, 2017. US Coast Guard Photo

The transfer comes as tensions in the South China Sea continue to simmer between China and its neighbors. Vietnam’s inability to control access to its own exclusive economic zone was put in stark relief when a Chinese oil rig operated in 2014. Since the incident, Vietnam has reportedly moved to expand its Coast Guard fleet.

The Hawaiian transfer ceremony of the former Morgenthau follows a May 22 transfer of six 45-foot Metal Shark patrol boats to the Vietnam Coast Guard from the U.S.

The following is the complete statement May 26, 2017 from the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam.

HONOLULU, May 26, 2017 – The U.S. Coast Guard transferred a High Endurance Cutter to the Vietnam Coast Guard during a ceremony in Honolulu on 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.

“This cutter provides a concrete and significant symbol of the U.S-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership,” said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Michael J. Haycock, assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer. “The Coast Guard is honored to see this vessel continue to preserve global peace and prosperity as a part of the Vietnam Coast Guard.”

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.

  • Corporatski Kittenbot 2.0

    How many people’s initial thought was: “Well, it’s better than an LCS…. why not keep it!”

    14,000 nautical mile range!

    • DaSaint

      None. It was launched in ’69. Antiquated systems, hard to find spares. I’ll take an LCS.

      • Secundius

        One thing the Vietnamese know how to do, and Do Well is make Parts for “Antiquated Systems”. Has something to about being “Bombed back to the Stone Age Mentality” of their’s…

    • Bill

      “How many people…..”?

      Well, there was you.

  • Tom Kaminski

    In 1970, CGC MORGENTHAU transited to Vietnam and participated in the Navy’s effort to stop troops and supplies from flowing by sea from North Vietnam to South Vietnam called Operation Market Time. In April 1971, MORGENTHAU tracked and shadowed a North Vietnamese trawler that attempted to resupply the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, engaged in a two-hour battle against the trawler and finally destroyed the ship.

  • Ed L

    Plus Six new military patrol boats built by Louisiana, USA-based shipbuilder Metal Shark have been delivered to the Vietnam Coast Guard in addition I don’t think one could give away an LCS.

  • Kim Chul Soo

    Great. Now we’re giving equipment to a communist country to help them out.

    • Secundius

      And exactly how does that differ from the First Lend Lease Shipment to the USSR in 31 December 1941…

      • Dennis

        Yeah, Genius, the Vietnamese are at war with the Germans, and we’re the second front! Please keep posting, you’re funny!

        • Secundius

          We the United States started Supplying Communist Yugoslavia in 1949 with Modern Military Equipment (at the time). With and including the M47 Patton Tank. Funny enough for you?/!

          • Dennis

            Not exactly top-of-the-line is it? Neither are surplus ships. And isn’t it better that we know the capabilities of this equipment?

          • Secundius

            In 1950 it was, and Yugoslavia received ~319 of them…

  • Ken Shabby

    We should be doing more of this. Also helping Philippines and Vietnam claim and reinforce islands in the region just like the Chinese do. Not time to kick ’em in the teeth, start with the shins.

    • Secundius

      Thai’s are buying from the PRC and the Russians…