Rep. Young Introduces Legislation To Transform Decommissioned Cutter Into Museum
Washington, DC – Congressman for All Alaska Don Young introduced legislation (H.R. 1220) this afternoon that would transform the USCG Cutter STORIS, a decommissioned Coast Guard cutter, into a Museum and Maritime Education Center in Juneau. Commissioned in 1942, it is the oldest cutter in the Coast Guard fleet and was routinely used to patrol the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.
Congressman Young previously included this language in the Coast Guard Reauthorization bills that passed the House in the 110th and 111th Congresses. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Mark Begich have introduced companion legislation in the Senate this Congress.
“The Coast Guard is an integral part of our national security and a vital source to Alaska,” said Rep. Young. “The STORIS has had a long and distinguished career in Alaska and in its retirement, deserves to be utilized to its fullest. Alaska is home to the largest Coast Guard base in the country, and therefore home to hundreds of Alaska’s finest men and women. Among their many duties, they serve a vital role by responding to hundreds of search and rescue cases each year, enforcing fisheries laws, and aiding in our national security. Using the STORIS in this capacity is a fitting tribute to their service and a way to honor the cutter’s history properly. I have long been a proponent of the effort to secure the STORIS as a maritime museum in Juneau. I have passed the language to do so out of the House twice, but unfortunately that language never made it through the Senate. I am optimistic that with a united front, our delegation can pass this stand-alone bill, and finally write the next chapter for the STORIS.”