Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis ends 40-year career

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Lt. Lauren Dufrene represents members of the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis, during a ceremony honoring the cutter’s 40-years of service on Oct. 2, 2012. On Aug. 4, 1972, the Jarvis became the first Coast Guard cutter to be commissioned in Hawaii and has since conducted numerous law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security, humanitarian and fisheries enforcement missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.

REPORT FROM THE US COAST GUARD – The Coast Guard Cutter Jarvisa 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Honolulu, was honored at a ceremony commemorating 40-years of service Tuesday.

Senior Coast Guard officials, former members of the crew and families gathered to recognize the cutter’s four decades of accomplishments. The ceremony was presided over by Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area.


“Eighty percent of the world’s population lives on the coast,” said Zukunft, explaining the importance of a strong cutter fleet. “Close to 95 percent of our commerce travels by sea.”

“The magic that has kept these ships deploying for four decades of service is no magic at all,” said Capt. Richard L. Mourey, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis. “Successful deployments can be measured in the sweat pouring from the hard working crews.”

Jarvis held the distinction of being the first cutter to be commissioned in Hawaii, and has called Honolulu home since being commissioned Aug. 4, 1972.  The cutter is named after Capt. David H. Jarvis, who led an expedition to rescue 300 whalers stranded off Barrow Point, Alaska in 1897.

“Whether it was boarding foreign vessels in the rough Bering Sea for fisheries enforcement or patrolling the calmer waters of the Southern Pacific Ocean to protect our environmental assets, the mission we inherited from those who came before us is continued to this day by the present crew of the Jarvis,” said Josh Copley, Coast Guard veteran and former Jarvis crew member.

High endurance cutters such as the Jarvis have been in service since the 1960s, and are in the process of being replaced by the Coast Guard’s largest and most technologically advanced 418-foot national security cutters.





  1. Hate to see the old girl go, served on board as a BM1 from 72 to 74, got married while on board and the date was "725" (July 25th 1974. Just sorry I couldn't make it over for the ceremony, BRAVO ZULU Jarvis, you did good.
    BMCS Jack Crowley USCG Retired

      • Hi Andrew,
        My Father was CPO John Daniel Valerga and served on the Jarvis 72 – 74. We're we there at the same time?

        My Dad was one of the sonar guys.

    • Jack; I douldn't make it either, hope to see you in Reno in May. God willing and my health holds out. See you in the Chief all the time. I miss all the crew of the Jarvis, and other stations i've been at. BZ to you for all the work you do for the CPOA. X-RM1 Bob Frank, CWO ret.

  2. Great Crew, great turnout from the former crew. Not sure if anyone who attended could have been prouder this day of the history of a great ship. The Captain allowed us to be part of his crew this day as we shared the decks of our great ship.
    Thanks to the Captain and Crew.

    Jack Hunter GMCM (Ret) 71 to 75.

  3. I wish I could have made the trip but those who know me and are in contact know I was there in spirit. I am so proud to be one of the lucky few to be called a Plank Owner. It's a sad day to know her work is done but a happy day to know she served well over the past 4 decades.

    Thank you U.S.C.G. for giving me such fond memories.
    Greg Waggy 71-73

  4. Sadness in my heart to see her go. She was my first ship during my career and I was proud to serve in her during her reign. When I arrived on board in 72, both she and I we're both pretty new. By the time I left, we were both well "broken in." I never replicated the adventure and excitement on any other vessel afterwards. Mark Carter (72-73)

  5. Sad to see her go. I spend the summers in Kodiak and I always look for her, take a picture or two. Even
    went aboard once. Great memories.

    Carl Olson, CWO3, USCG, Retired, X-RMC, 74-76

  6. 'Deeply regret not being able to attend the decommissioning. As her Fleet Training Group shakedown training supervisor, I was there at Sand Island when she was commissioned in August '72. Later, I was honored to serve as JARVIS XO. ('82-'84) She was a great ship because of hundereds of great sailors over the years. Best wishes to all.
    Capt. Winston G. Churchill, USCG (Ret.)

  7. Outstanding vessel she was. Very sad to see her go – I served on her as SUPPO from 2000 to 2005. A legend indeed.


    Steve Brown sends…

  8. Wish I could have made it. As EO from 86-88 really enjoyed the tour. Had a great crew. Loved runing on turbines. Those &#*@^())% Faribanks were a reall pain.

    Herb Hood CDR USCG (RET)

  9. What does the Coast Guard do with ships such as the Jarvis once they are retired? I was 12 years old living in Kodiak. I remember my friend and I Ronnie Maynard, who's father as well served in the Coast Guard with my dad. My father retired out of MIO Governors Island. He retired BMCSC.if anyone ever knew my dad I would love to hear from you. My dad passed away at the young age of 55.

    Rick Savageau

  10. I saw this ship sail out through the Golden Gate today. Anyone know where it was going?

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