USCG Cutter Midgett Returns from 129-Day Alaska Deployment

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Midgett moored at its Honolulu homeport. U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Chief Petty Officer Sherri Eng.

After 129 days on patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Midgett has returned to its homeport in Honolulu, the agency announced Jan. 12.

During its deployment, the crew of the 418-foot National Security Cutter engaged in readiness training in and near Southern California and a 50-day patrol in the Bering Sea.

There, the cutter carried out the agency’s Arctic Strategic Outlook goals within the 17th Coast Guard District area of responsibility and provided fishery law enforcement for the $13.9 billion Alaskan fishing industry, including the completion of 10 federal fisheries boardings.

The Midgett is the only U.S. maritime military service that consistently serves in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean, according to the Coast Guard.

Crew members were also involved in community activities, including Coast Guard District 17’s “Kids Don’t Float” outreach program with the City of Unalaska. They also taught 200 students about cold water immersion, life jacket laws and how to know the best type and fit of jacket.

By Karen Robes Meeks