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 illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, we will join with our Pacific partners to face these common threats and challenges.”
Midgett’s crew executed numerous cooperative engagements, professional exchanges and capacity building efforts with naval allies and partners, including the Philippine Coast Guard, Singapore Maritime Security Response Flotilla, the Information Fusion Center, Police Coast Guard, Indian Coast Guard and Maldives National Defense Force.
“I am extremely proud of this crew and all they have accomplished over this deployment,” Midgett’s commanding officer, Capt. Willie Carmichael said. “They engaged in meaningful and collaborative engagements with our partners that increased our interoperability to address shared maritime threats and challenges.”
“This Western Pacific deployment,” he continued, “highlights the critical role the Coast Guard plays in strengthening maritime governance around the world and how much our partners value our presence. Midgett’s ability and dedication to sail across two oceans and participate in purposeful engagements with our partners is a testament to the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
The U.S. Coast Guard has a 150-year enduring role in the Indo-Pacific. The service’s ongoing deployment of resources to the region directly supports U.S. foreign policy. As both a federal law enforcement agency and a branch of the armed forces, the Coast Guard is uniquely positioned to conduct security cooperation in support of combatant commanders on all seven continents.
The service routinely provides forces in joint military operations worldwide, including the deployment of cutters, boats, aircraft and deployable specialized forces.
Since 2019, Coast Guard cutters Bertholf, Stratton, Waesche and Munro have deployed to the Western Pacific.
Commissioned in 2019, Midgett is one of two Coast Guard legend-class national security cutters homeported in Honolulu. National security cutters are 418-feet long, 54-feet wide, and have a 4,600 long-ton displacement. They have a top speed in excess of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, endurance of up to 90 days and can hold a crew of up to 170.
Midgett is the second cutter named after the Midgett family, many of whom served in the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Life Saving Service and other predecessor life-saving services. Seven members of the Midgett family have been awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal, including John Allen Midgett Jr. and Rasmus Midgett.
National security cutters feature advanced command and control capabilities, aviation support facilities, stern cutter boat launch and increased endurance for long-range patrols to disrupt threats to national security further offshore.