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Press Release | Oct. 5, 2023

Coast Guard Cutter Reliance to hold free, public tours in Galveston, Texas

Coast Guard PADET Texas - Office: (281) 464-4810 / After Hours: (832) 293-1293

The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance steams in the Caribbean Sea during contraband transfer operations with the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa Nov. 23, 2020. The Reliance crew completed a 36-day Caribbean Patrol in support of counter-drug operations for Joint Interagency Task Force–South. (U.S. Coast Guard phot courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Reliance)

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HOUSTON —  The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Reliance (WMEC 615), a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Pensacola, Florida, is slated to hold free, public tours of the cutter in Galveston, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 8.

The Reliance will moor at Pier 21 and will be open for public tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We welcome everyone to take a tour of the Reliance and find out about our dynamic missions,” said Cmdr. Brian Chapman, the Reliance's commanding officer. “Our ship shares a special connection with the Houston-Galveston area and we’re excited to get to know the community.”

Built at Todd Shipyards in Houston and commissioned in Galveston in 1964, the Reliance was the first built of 16 medium endurance cutters, which were the Coast Guard’s first major cutter acquisition project post-World War II. The Reliance was homeported in Corpus Christi, Texas, until 1975, and has since been homeported in Yorktown, Virginia, Port Canaveral, Florida, New Castle, New Hampshire, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Kittery, Maine, and Pensacola.

The Reliance crew primarily conducts search and rescue and law enforcement missions throughout the western Atlantic and Caribbean, as well as the eastern Pacific Ocean to South America. The 77-member crew is proficient in the enforcement of laws and treaties, search and rescue, migrant and drug interdiction operations in support of multiple national strategies and international treaties. 

Additional information about the Reliance can be found here.

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