On December 4, the Decommissioning Ceremony for Her Majesty Jamaica Ship Paul Bogle (P8) was held at the First District Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard (1st Dist JDF CG) Base, CAGWAY, Port Royal. The 106-foot Offshore Patrol Vessel was commissioned into service as the first of the Hero Class line on September 17, 1985.
The P8, which was a gift from the United States Navy to Jamaica, has been in operation since 1970 and was built by the Lantana Boatyard in the United States. The fuel-efficient ship is named after Jamaican National Hero and martyr Paul Bogle.
During its service, the vessel was employed in the execution of numerous JDF CG missions, as well as in assistance to local and foreign Governments and Non-Government organizations.
These missions include: Maritime Law Enforcement, Maritime Safety: Search and Rescue, Port Security, Customs and Immigration Enforcement and Fisheries Protection, the International Naval Review in New York, U.S.A. (1986), Exercise Trade Winds in St. Vincent (1990), and the Official visit to Trinidad and Tobago (1990).
The vessel was also involved in the seizure of over fifteen thousand (15,000) lbs of marijuana and four thousand (4,000) lbs of cocaine.
The vessel is capable of carrying seventeen (17) crew members and embarking approximately twenty (20) troops for beach landing exercises.
After its decommissioning, the vessel will be sold to the Alligator Head Foundation, Jamaica.