After traveling 36 days and more than 8,000 nautical miles from Portsmouth, Va., the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area’s newest Indo-Pacific support cutter, Harriet Lane, has made its way to its new home port at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, the Guard announced Dec. 13.
Before relocating to Hawaii, the 270-foot medium endurance cutter was in Baltimore for more than 15 months in a Service Life Extension Program to help transition the vessel for missions and operations in the Pacific.
“Re-homeporting U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane is indicative of the Coast Guard’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific,” Rear Adm. Brendan McPherson, deputy commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, said. “Harriet Lane will work by, with and through allies and partners within the Indo-Pacific region to promote capacity building and model good maritime governance.”
The Harriet Lane’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Nicole Tesoniero, said she and the crew look forward to building partnerships in Oceania to enhance their capabilities, strengthen maritime governance and security while promoting individual sovereignty.
“We plan to build upon many decades of enduring support, operating in concert with the needs of our partners,” Tesoniero said.