USCG Cutter Stratton Returns From 111-Day Alaskan Deployment

U.S. Coast Guard cutter Stratton. Photo: USCG.

After 111 days deployed to the Bering Sea, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Stratton returned to her Alameda, Calif. homeport on April 22.

Crew members, who left Alameda on Jan. 2, were deployed to support search and rescue activities and guard the nation’s northernmost boundaries.

While in the Alaskan region, the Stratton crew supported USCG Air Station Kodiak’s MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and aircrews and finished 363 helicopter landings with crew members. They assisted in helicopter training and bolstering search and rescue capabilities, including landing shipboard, on-deck fueling and in-flight refueling, the agency said.

Stratton crew members also conducted 18 boardings in fishing locations such as Slime Bank, Dutch Harbor and St. Paul Island and questioned 98 fishing vessels, according to the Guard. Crew members also detained a person wanted for an active arrest warrant who was on a fishing vessel.

The person was taken to local authorities in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

“I’m extremely proud of this crew and all they have accomplished,” the Stratton’s commanding officer, Capt. Brian Krautler, said. “Their expertise and commitment enabled our successful operations. The Bering Sea is notorious for its harsh conditions, and our presence ensures rapid response to emergencies, safeguarding lives at sea.”

By Karen Robes Meeks