There was a final homecoming Saturday morning for a historic Coast Guard ship that has called Hawaii home for the past four decades.
The Coast Guard cutter Jarvis returned to Honolulu Harbor from its final 30-day mission.
"Our original mission was to get to Johnston Atoll and see if anyone was illegally fishing out there," said Capt. Richard Mourey.
For the past 40 years, the Jarvis has been used to protect ocean resources, stop illegal drugs from reaching our shores, and make sure rescued boaters make it safely back to shore.
"I'm going to miss the history of the boat," said USCG Seaman Charlie Murphy.
The Jarvis was the first of its class to be commissioned in Hawaii back in 1972. It has been harbored in the islands ever since, but now the old ship is starting to show her age.
"It's just an old boat. Its still operational, but there's more to do to be operational," said Murphy.
In fact, its final mission had to be diverted because of emergency repairs to a critical evaporator -- which is used to make water for the crew.
The ship already went through one modernization about 20 years ago, but now Capt. Mourey said it is time for a permanent upgrade.
"Because the gear is 40 years old, it tends to have more casualties. Those greater casualties prevent us from getting the mission done," said Mourey.
Instead of working on the High Endurance Cutter, the crew will switch to the Morgenthau. It is packed with the latest high-tech equipment and gear.
"They are able to go longer without food and fuel and they have better command and control capabilities than we do," stated Mourey.
Many things have changed since the Jarvis first went into service, including the types of critical missions for Coast Guard crews.
"While we've always been concerned about security, after 9/11 we've had a greater presence as far as security goes," said Mourey.
But Coast Guard crew members said the one thing that hasn't changed is their effort to keeping our waters safe and they will take the Jarvis' spirit of commitment with them to their new ship.
The Jarvis will be honored at Honolulu Harbor on Oct. 2. The ship's service will be recognized and it will then officially be taken out of service.
The crew will then sail to California and transfer to the improved cutter, the Morgenthau, which will then be homeported in Hawaii.