By Karen Robes Meeks
After 37 days at sea, crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) returned to Hawaii following patrols that covered 7,118 square nautical miles that supported counter-Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing and regional security operations in Oceania.
“I’m extremely proud of our crew, overcoming the challenges Coronavirus has brought and successfully conducting our first operational patrol,” said Capt. Alan McCabe, commanding officer, Midgett. “Now more than ever, ensuring our persistent presence in the region is vital to protecting national interests. We are proactively conducting our missions and appreciate the excellent support from within the Service.”
The presence of a National Security Cutter in this part of the Pacific to enforce Conservation and Management Measures established by the WCPFC and working cooperatively with the FFA represents the US and the Service’s commitment to the agency’s partnerships in the region, said McCabe.
“The prevention of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated tuna fishing is vital and will have a direct, positive effect on peace, governance, and continued American presence throughout the region.”