"QUEEN OF THE FLEET" TURNS 60
COAST GUARD CUTTER STORIS IS THE OLDEST COMMISSIONED CUTTER IN FLEET
KODIAK, Alaska The Coast Guard celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Storis Monday. The Storis is the oldest commissioned cutter in the Coast Guards fleet. The Storis is a multi-mission cutter, performing search and rescue, maritime homeland security, fisheries law enforcement and any other task the crew may be called upon to complete.
After 60 years of service, the Storis continues to patrol the frigid Alaska waters to protect Americas vital fishery resources and rescue distressed mariners. Even with the Coast Guards new Integrated Deepwater System contract, in place to produce a new coastal protection fleet, the Storis is expected to be in service for several more years.
The cutter has a long and illustrious career too detailed to mention. One highlight of its career is that the cutter has safeguarded Alaskan waters for 54 years. The Storis was moved from California to Juneau in 1948, then Kodiak in 1957, and has remained home-ported in Alaska ever since.
Before its Alaska career, the Storis was part of the Greenland Patrol during World War II. The crew of the Storis captured a Nazi weather station on the Greenland coast.
SPECIAL to WWW.HISTORICALMILITARIA.COM 9 October 2002