U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet serves 67 year career
That began as U.S. Navy salvage vessel USS Shackle
Decommissioned in 2011, she was the only World War II vintage vessel still in Coast Guard service
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Acushnet began service during World War II as U.S. Navy salvage ship USS Shackle (ARS-9). During her long career with the coast guard, she served as a tug, oceanographic research vessel, and medium-endurance cutter.
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Had Stern Loading Ramp Allowing Vehicles to Load Under Their Own Power
The first of her kind, U.S.N.S. Comet was designed for roll-on/-off loading of wheeled cargo such as military vehicles. Her keel was laid May 15, 1956. The ship was launched July 31, 1957, and delivered January 24, 1958.