A boater., left in a bright red safety suit, stands with crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Reliance watching them secure his sailboat for towing in this 2002 file photo. Credit: Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance is leaving Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the last time.

The 210-foot Reliance, which has spent 32 years in Maine and New Hampshire, was departing on patrol Monday. The ship will then continue next month to its new home at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida.

Commissioned in 1964, the cutter has a long history in New England.

In 1989, the Reliance served as on-scene commander for Narragansett Bay Oil Spill and directed the cleanup of more than 300,000 gallons of crude. In 1991, its crew served as tactical command for the interdiction of a fishing vessel south of Long Island that was smuggling more than five tons of cocaine.

The ship has been moved around before with homeports in Corpus Christi, Texas; Yorktown, Virginia; and Port Canaveral, Florida.