During last years Merrie Monarch, I got invited to tour the Pearl Harbor-based guided missile frigate warship the USS Crommelin and learned at that time that it would be decommissioned later on this year.
Well today the US Navy released the following release announcing that it is being decommissioned today.
The US Navy reports:
The Navy is retiring a Pearl Harbor-based guided missile frigate after putting the ship to use for nearly 30 years.
The Navy is holding a ceremony on Friday to decommission the Crommelin.
In 2004, the Crommelin intercepted and recovered more than 20 tons of cocaine worth more than $1 billion and detained 29 drug smugglers. It also rescued 96 people adrift at sea.
The Crommelin is named after three brothers from Wetumpka, Ala., who served during World War II.
The oldest became a surface warfare officer while two others died in combat as naval aviators. A monument commemorating their bravery rests in Battleship Park in Mobile, Ala.
The Crommelin entered service in 1983.
While the Crommelin was in Hilo for the Merrie Monarch, Mayor Kenoi’s office proclaimed it to be USS Crommelin day and a small celebration was held for the sailors.
You have to know that Hawaii is the place that all sailors in the Navy want to be stationed!
I’m glad I got my USS Crommelin Coin before the ship was decommissioned as this buggah just became even more important to me!
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