Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro completes 34-day Bering Sea patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro and crew returned to homeport in Kodiak, Alaska, March 18, after a 34-day patrol in the Bering Sea.

 

Coast Guard boarding officers and NOAA officers inspect vessels for safety and compliance in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

The cutter and crew conducted a multitude of missions including living marine resources, maritime safety, search and rescue, and law enforcement during their winter patrol. In addition, they strengthened partnerships with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Customs and Border Patrol.

 

Coast Guard and NOAA officers conduct joint operation.

They conducted 29 safety-of-life-at-sea boardings of commercial fishing vessels. These boardings ensure compliance with required safety equipment and safeguard Alaska’s fisheries.

 

In addition to the boardings, a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, forward deployed aboard the Douglas Munro, medevaced a man from Akutan to a higher level of medical care.

 

During a four-day joint enforcement operation, the Douglas Munro crew partnered with NOAA and CBP in Dutch Harbor. The joint teams conducted four cannery visits, five dockside federal fishery boardings and a law enforcement boarding.  

Coast Guard and NOAA inspect a cannery in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

 

“During this deployment, the crew far exceeded my expectations as we transited the 1,000+ mile inside passage of Alaska and Canada,” said Capt. Kevin Riddle, Douglas Munro commanding officer. “In addition to operations, the crew scrimmaged against the Unalaska High School Basketball team to help them prepare for a tournament in Anchorage. I also received numerous positive comments from Dutch Harbor residents, businesses and other agencies on the crew’s professionalism.”

 

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