Coast Guard smallboat crews train for hot pursuit in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Smallboat crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro practice conduct smallboat pursuit training during a port call in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  This training trains the crew members in tactics to pursue and stop other vessels.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Smallboat crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro practice conduct smallboat pursuit training during a port call in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. This training trains the crew members in tactics to pursue and stop other vessels. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro conducted small boat pursuit training during a short port call in Dutch Harbor on March 16-19.

Small boat pursuit training allows the coxswain and crew members of a small boat to work together in a close quarters situation with another boat at high speeds where extreme precision and teamwork are crucial. This simulates a vessel that is not following a lawful order to stop and trains the crew members in tactics to pursue and stop the vessel. Smallboat crews from the Munro spent time in the classroom before taking their smallboats in the water around Dutch Harbor to gain valuable hands-on experience.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro practice smallboat pursuit training in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, March 18, 2016.  Crewmembers from the CGC Stratton assisted with the training.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro practice smallboat pursuit training in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, March 18, 2016. Crewmembers from the CGC Stratton assisted with the training. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Pursuing a vessel at high speeds is a very dynamic and high-risk operation with little room for error. It’s important to practice these skills in a controlled, real world environment under the instruction of highly qualified trainers. To assist with the training, crewmembers from the CGC Stratton traveled to Dutch Harbor.

“This type of training is perfectly suited for the 378-foot high endurance cutter crew and we have bolstered our valuable pursuit training,” said Capt. Sam Jordan, commanding officer, CGC Munro. “This program is important so that we can continue ensure the safety and security of our nation’s borders.”

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