Recently, a John Midgett patrol vessel (WHEC 726, 3,450 tons Hamilton ship class), which used to serve in the US Coast Guard has been, has been pulled up for repair at Lake Union Drydock Company (Seatle, Washington, USA). The ship's hull will be repainted with white and red. Refurbishment of machinery and equipment onboard also takes place, along with the training for Vietnam Coast Guard's officers and soldiers on how to control the ship.
Before that, after the elimination ceremony in May 2020, the ship was painted gray to remove the symbols and signs of the US Coast Guard. On January 13, 2021, the ship was towed from the coastal patrol port in Seattle to Lake Union Drydock company to repaint and refurbish.
After 8 weeks of repairing, on March 19, 2021, the ship was towed to the coastal patrol port in Seattle, preparing to be handed over to the Vietnam Coast Guard.
Some experts and engineers of the US Coast Guard supervising the painting and repairing of the ship shared pictures of this process on social networks and said that the ship was given a new name, which is CSB 8021. Previously a group of Hamilton patrol vessels was handed over to the Vietnam Coast Guard. The group is called Morgenthau (WHEC 722), before receiving the new name of CSB 8020.
CSB 8021 (formerly John Midgett) moved to Elliott Bay (Seattle, Washington, USA) on March 19, 2021, with a Vietnamese flag on the tower. (Photo: Thanh Nien)
The ship in repairing dock. (Photo: Thanh Nien)
Vietnamese officers were trained on how to use the ship. (Photo: Thanh Nien)
The ship was carefully covered after being painted. (Photo: Thanh Nien)
The lower hull was painted red. (Photo: Thanh Nien)
Its screw propellers were also painted red. (Photo: Thanh Nien)
The ship's engine room. (Photo: Thanh Nien)
Close up view of the ship's nose when being towed out of the repairing dock. (Photo: Thanh Nien)
CSB 8021 being towed into Elliott Bay on March 19, 2021. (Photo: Thanh Nien)
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