According to Carol Rosenberg, writing in the Miami Herald, the vessel is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2014. Rosenberg reported speculation that the Summer would be transferred to the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard would use her to counter smugglers in the Caribbean, where she would be stationed as a permanent helicopter station. Coast Guard sharpshooters could be quickly dispatched to intercept and apprehend smugglers. Retrofitting her with facilities to operate and maintain a helicopter would cost $10 million.
^Carol Rosenberg (2014-04-08). "Congress considers $69 million Guantánamo prison gift". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2014-04-09. The government-owned Sumner, whose stated mission was to “support worldwide oceanography programs, including performing acoustical, biological, physical and geophysical surveys,” is due to arrive at Port Canaveral this weekend for deactivation, according to the Maritime Sealift Command, which operates the vessel. Kelly and Coast Guard commandant Adm. Robert Papp Jr. recently raised the idea of a floating platform without naming the Sumner specifically in Congressional testimony April 29.