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​​​U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar WLB - 403 out of Bristol RI.

Past Their Coast Guard Careers
Ron Wilkins​

Some Of The 180's Have Continued On 

​Quite a few of the former Coast Guard 180s have gone on past their Coast Guard careers and serve the people of foreign nations much in the same manner as they served in the Coast Guard. They are used for fisheries patrols, drug interdiction, law enforcement and ATON. The cutters SASSAFRAS (WLB-401), SEDGE (WLB-402), FIREBUSH (WLB-393) and COWSLIP (WLB-277) serve the African nation of Nigeria. The cutters SWEETBRIER (WLB-405) now the GNS BONSU (whale) P31 and WOODRUSH (WLB-407) now GNS ANZONE (shark) P30 serve the nation of Ghana. The CITRUS (WLB-300) and BUTTONWOOD (WLB-306) serve in the Dominican Republic, SWEETGUM (WLB-309) and GENTIAN (WLB-290) serve in Panama, REDBUD (WLB-398) serves in the Philippines as the Kalinga, BITTERSWEET (WLB-389) serves in Estonia as the Valvas (PVL-109) and MADRONA (WLB-302) serves in the Navy of El Salvador.

The ex-Bittersweet (notice bridge rework) as Estonia's Valvas and the ex-Woodrush on patrol in
​​Ghana as the Anzone (shark)

​Serving in the Navy of the Dominican Republic, Almirante Juan Alejandro Acosta (ex-Citrus) and the
ex-Buttonwood (right) serves as the Almirante Didiez Burgos

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Serving in Nigeria's Navy as NNS Nwamba A503 (ex-Firebush) and the NNS Kyanwa A501 (ex-Sedge)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Serving in Panama the SMN Independencia A-401 (ex-Sweetgum) and serving in Columbia
the ARC San Andres (ex-Gentian)
​​​​​​​​​​​​Others have been sold to private owners and serve their new owners in commercial ventures. The cutters BALSAM (WLB-62) and TUPELO (WLB-303) were sold to Baranof Fisheries and have been harvesting King Crab and Cod as theM/V Baranoff (ex-Balsam) and M/V Courageous (ex-Tupelo) for markets around the world ever since. (Many thanks to Chief Rick Nygren, Ret. for the link) The WOODBINE
(WLB-289) has been used as a fish processing ship in Alaskan waters for the last fifty years. The CACTUS (WLB-270) is being used as a storage hulk in Tacoma, Washington.

The M/V Baranoff (ex-Balsam left) and the M/V Courageous
​(ex-Tupelo right) have done well in their long productive careers.

​The storage hulk ex-Cactus in Tacoma, Washington
​ (left) and (right) the M/V Woodbine a fish processor in Alaskan waters

​(Left) The ex-Ironwood at Tongue Point Job Corp Center training young men and women for a career at sea.
(Right) The ex-Conifer the M/V Hope with a missions ship (note the 01 deck covered over for a Helo pad)

​Some of the decommissioned 180s serve non-profit organizations. The ex-SORREL (WLB-296) serves the Sea Scouts of Stockton, California as the SSS Reliance teaching young men and women seamanship. The ex-IRONWOOD (WLB-297) trains young men and women in seamanship at the Tongue Point, Oregon Job Corp Center as the JCC Ironwood. The ex-CONIFER (WLB-301) and the PAPAW (WLB-308) serve as missionary relief ships with based in Louisiana.
The ex-MALLOW (WLB-396) serves with an Indiana non-profit the CAS FOUNDATION.

The SUNDEW (W-404) (above left) serves the city of Duluth, Minnesota Convention Center as a floating maritime museum, the BRAMBLE (W-392) (above right) serves the city of Port Huron, Michigan as a floating maritime museum and the ACACIA is scheduled to serve as a museum at the Naval Pier in Chicago, Illinois. The cutters IRIS (W-395) and PLANETREE (W-307) were last known (Jan 2006) being stored in the mothballed fleet at Suisun Bay, California. The MALLOW (W-396) has been sold to a missionary organization; the BASSWOOD (W-388) and HORNBEAM (W-394) were sold at GSA auctions to ship brokers. The MARIPOSA (W-397) is being used as a U.S. Navy training hulk in Everett, Washington and SALVIA (W-400) is being used as a U.S. Navy training hulk in Little Creek, Virginia.

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​Vet to Vet

When a Veteran leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased, and others, who may have already retired, wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know.
1. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times.
2. We know in the Military life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet.
3. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.
These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the Military world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing.
Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the 'job' and merely being allowed to leave 'active' duty.
So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.
NOW... Civilian Friends vs. Veteran Friends Comparisons:

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're too busy to talk to them for a week.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have cried with you.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will stand by you no matter what the crowd does.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences...
VETERAN FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could ever dream of...
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've had enough.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place and say, 'You better drink the rest of that before you spill it !!' Then carry you home safely and put you to bed...
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.
VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward this.
A veteran - - whether active duty, retired, served one hitch, or a career is someone who, at one point in their life - - wrote a blank check made payable to 'The Government of the United States of America. 
​ for an amount of 'up to and including my life'.
From one Veteran to another, it's an honor to be in your company. Thank you for your service to our country and defending the freedoms we enjoy.

Life is neither a spectator sport, nor a dress rehearsal.

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