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Press Release | Jan. 29, 2024

US Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton is the first US government vessel to moor at Panamanian cruise terminal

PANAMA CITY — The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) arrived at the newly constructed Amador Cruise Terminal, in Panama City, Panama, Wednesday, becoming the first U.S. government vessel to moor at this facility.  

Hamilton’s crew hosted members from the U.S. Embassy in Panama, senior members of Panamanian law enforcement agencies, and an official from the terminal.  

Capt. Justin Carter, Hamilton’s commanding officer, led the tour and discussed Hamilton’s missions and capabilities.  

“Panama is an important partner of the United States,” said Carter. “We are glad to visit Panama City for a port call, and to share what we learned by using this terminal with other U.S. ships.” 

Hamilton is currently deployed for maritime safety and security missions.  

Hamilton is a 418-foot National Security Cutter (NSC) with 150 women and men. The cutter’s primary missions are counter-drug operations and defense readiness in support of U.S. Coast Guard operations. NSCs fall under the command of the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area. Based in Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area oversees all Coast Guard operations east of the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf.  

For information on how to join the U.S. Coast Guard, visit to learn about active duty, reserve, officer, and enlisted opportunities. Information on how to apply to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy can be found here.