Indonesian officials have turned their noses up at the Biden administration’s offer to sell the country an aging — but historic — US Coast Guard cutter that was used during the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
“I’m … not interested in used vessels,” Vice Admiral Aan Kurnia, the head of Bakamla, the Indonesia Maritime Security Agency, told CNN Indonesia Friday when asked about the USCG Cutter Adak.
“I prefer to build my own ships in Indonesia,” he told them in a written message.
The Adak, which oversaw the largest maritime rescue in world history on Sept. 11, 2001 when it helped evacuate over half a million people from Lower Manhattan, is due to be decommissioned this summer and sold to Indonesia as a piece of excess military equipment.
For over a year, the USCGC Adak Historical society — run by a former crew member of the Adak — has been trying to save the vessel so it could be turned