Family members wave as the Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island departs Homer, Alaska, for the last time, June 10, 2015. The cutter is transiting to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, to be decommissioned. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Aleksander Kay

Roanoke Island rendezvous with retirement

The Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island shrinks toward the horizon as family members gather on the pier to wave goodbye to the crew and cutter. After 23 years of excellent service, the Roanoke Island is making its final departure from Homer, Alaska.

June 10, 2015, the 110-foot cutter began the journey that marked the end of its Coast Guard career. The island-class patrol boat will travel to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, where it is scheduled to be decommissioned.