The U.S.S. Crommelin was decommissioned Friday in a ceremony at Pearl Harbor.
The naval frigate has a rich history that spans three decades. The Crommelin was commissioned on June 18, 1983 in Seattle, Washington and is named after three brothers from Wetumpka, Alabama who served in the Pacific during World War II.
Friday's ceremony signified a proud day for the family, but an emotional one.
“There has been such a warmness throughout our whole family on all the different continents about this ship and her glory, so yes, I’m sad, “said Elizabeth Crommelin-Bunce.
In 1985, the Crommelin became the first guided-missile ship to successfully engage a high-speed, maneuvering target with missiles.
But, it is the ship's accomplishments in stopping the drug trade that may be most notable. In 2004, the Crommelin intercepted and recovered more than 20 tons of cocaine worth more than $1.25 billion dollars. 29 drugs smugglers were detained as part of that operation.
The Crommelin's crew has also rescued 96 people adrift at sea over its history.
“The Crommelin’s successes would not have been possible without the teamwork of her sailors and the dedication of the waterfront,” said CDR Michael Johns.
The Crommelin is one of the last Hawaii-based frigates to be decomissioned as the Navy moves to modernize its fleet.
“It’s a somber event in that respect, but it’s a celebration. We’re celebrating three decades of great service to our country, so we’re pleased to put it down with honor,” said Lt. JG Blaise Cumano.
Once the final 160 crewmembers disembark the ship for the last time, the final order was made to lower the Crommelin’s colors, which signals the official retirement of the ship.
The crew is being reassigned to other ships, about half of them staying in Hawaii.
Next week, the Crommelin will be moved to the Navy's mothball fleet at Middle Loch.
Eventually it'll be made available for sale.
The US Navy is retiring this class of Frigate ships to make way for faster, more modern warships.
The Navy's newest destroyer, the USS Michael Murphy, will be arriving at Pearl Harbor by the end of next month.
It's named after the Hawaii-based Navy Seal who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005.