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Coast Guard cutter Gallatin docks for the final time in North Charleston

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A warship that has been protecting our waterways since 1968 docked for the final time.

The Coast Guard cutter Gallatin docked in North Charleston on Wednesday. It's been out at sea for 72 days, and on Wednesday the crew members got to see their loved ones.

Family members waited all morning and were very anxious to see their loved ones.

"It was sad to have Thanksgiving alone, so Christmas will be great," Amber Flander said.

On their last voyage, the Gallatin crew had several very successful missions including three separate drug busts that total over $30 million worth of cocaine seized.

"It's not fun and games but it's definitely rewarding," said Julian Cubides, Gallatin crewman."Feels really good once you get back on the ship and get back home and get all this recognition from family and friends around."

The cutter Gallatin is going to be decommissioned in March of 2014.

It will be replaced by the cutter Hamilton.

Once the Gallatin is decommissioned, the Coast Guard is giving it to the Nigerian navy for their fleet to use.

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