Coast Guard Cutter Midgett Returns to Honolulu After Three-Month Deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Midgett Returns to Honolulu After Three-Month Deployment

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett and crew returned to its homeport of Honolulu on Oct. 31 following an 83-day, 16,000 nautical-mile deployment to the Western Pacific. The Midgett and crew departed Honolulu in August to the Western Pacific to operate under the tactical control of U.S. Navy 7th Fleet to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region. “The Coast Guard strives to be a trusted partner, and we play a vital role in ensuring safety, security, and prosperity across the Indo-Pacific,” Pacific Area Commander Vice Adm. Andrew J. Tiongson said. “As the region faces challenges like climate change and…
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Coast Guard Cutter Healy Returns to Seattle

Coast Guard Cutter Healy Returns to Seattle

After 17,000 nautical miles and 124 days at sea, the crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Healy came back to its homeport in Seattle, the agency announced Nov. 11. The crew’s journey was considered a historic one as the 420-foot medium icebreaker traveled in high Arctic latitudes and reached the geographic North Pole Sept 30, “only the second time a U.S. surface vessel had reached 90 degrees north unaccompanied,” USCG said.  The crew also provided law enforcement presence in the Arctic and the Gulf of Alaska. “It is more important than ever before to provide security and sovereign…
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Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry Completes South Pacific Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry Completes South Pacific Patrol

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Oliver Berry returned to homeport in Honolulu on Nov. 22 following a 38-day expeditionary patrol enforcing international living marine resources treaties and conducting joint operations with partner nations across the South Pacific. During the 7,000 nautical-mile patrol, the Oliver Berry crew conducted 12 fisheries boardings, identified 16 fishery and safety violations, and completed 18 community relation events while sailing from Honolulu, Hawaii to Kiribati, Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga and American Samoa before returning to homeport. During the first port call of the patrol at Kiritimati Island, Kiribati, the Oliver Berry crew delivered COVID-19 personal…
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USCG Recovers Oil from Sunken Vessel in LA Area

USCG Recovers Oil from Sunken Vessel in LA Area

In late October, the U.S. Coast Guard completed cleanup efforts after the 70-foot fishing vessel Bill Ketner partially sank at a pier in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles. At about 7 p.m. on Oct. 24, the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Incident Management Division received notification that the f/v Bill Ketner had partially sunk at the pier with a max capacity of 2,500 gallons of diesel onboard. Working alongside Los Angeles Port Police and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Coast Guard pollution responders oversaw the successful clean-up operation, the…
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USCG Cutter Alert Returns from Eastern Pacific Ocean Patrol

USCG Cutter Alert Returns from Eastern Pacific Ocean Patrol

After 68 days patrolling the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alert (WMEC 630) returned to its Astoria, Ore., homeport on Oct. 8. During that time, crew members of the 210-foot medium endurance cutter traveled more than 13,700 nautical miles from Oregon to Columbia, providing law enforcement support for various initiatives, including counter-drug missions, search-and-rescue operations and international law enforcement training engagements, according to the Coast Guard. Crew members also approached three Costa Rican fishing vessels and seized 1,440 pounds of marijuana worth $1.4 million.  “Furthermore, during the boarding of the fishing vessel Mujer Gitana, Alert’s crew detected…
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USCG Releases Draft Environmental Document for Base Seattle Expansion

USCG Releases Draft Environmental Document for Base Seattle Expansion

The public has until Dec. 2 to weigh in on a document pertaining to the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposal to expand and modernize Base Seattle, officials announced Oct. 11. The Coast Guard has released a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement regarding the proposal, a document that looks at the possible environmental effects of proposed alternatives. “The purpose of the expansion is to provide adequate facilities and infrastructure at Base Seattle to support current and future execution of the Coast Guard’s statutory missions,” military officials said. “Base Seattle is the largest Coast Guard facility in the Pacific Northwest and is an…
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USCG Cutter Kimball Returns  to Honolulu

USCG Cutter Kimball Returns to Honolulu

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Kimball returned to its homeport of Honolulu on Oct. 28 after participating in search and rescue activities, patrolling fisheries in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, and netting the vessel’s first Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal. The medal is awarded to any member of the United States Coast Guard who performs 21 days of non-consecutive duty afloat or ashore north of the Arctic Circle. While traveling more than 100 days and 22,000 miles, the crew came across Russian and Chinese naval vessels in the Bering Sea.  “The formation, which was transiting through the U.S. Exclusive Economic…
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USCG Cutter Steadfast Returns to Oregon

USCG Cutter Steadfast Returns to Oregon

After 55 days on narcotics enforcement patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast returned to Astoria, Ore. on Oct. 3. The 210-foot medium endurance cutter traveled over 11,000 miles between Oregon and Central America for training, law enforcement, search-and-rescue and helicopter operations in international waters, the agency said. The crew was deployed with Maintenance Augmentation Team Seattle, Electronic Support Detachment Petaluma and another cutter, the Argus, which is expected to be commissioned soon, according to the Coast Guard. During its tour, the Steadfast pursued a high-speed, panga-style vessel suspected of smuggling contraband before handing off the case to a partner…
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