>Coast Guard Cutter Alert makes rare visit to Kodiak


KODIAK, Alaska – The crew of the Astoria, Ore.,-based 210-foot medium endurance Coast Guard Cutter Alert works with personnel from Base Support Unit Kodiak’s Port Services Division to tie up the cutter at the base cargo pier where they will take on fuel following their transit from the Lower 48. 
The crew of the cutter will resupply and train in Kodiak prior to getting underway for a Bering Sea patrol. 
It has been many years since the Alert was in Kodiak. Although according to Capt. Tom Gemmell (USCG Ret.), the 210-foot cutters have served in Alaska in previous decades. The 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Confidence was stationed in Kodiak from its commissioning until 1983. Additionally the West Coast-based 210s conducted regular patrols of Alaska in the mid-1970s and 1980s in an effort to enforce the 200-mile U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976.

The crew of the Alert’s primary missions are reflected by its motto, “Rescue, Enforce, Defend.” They patrol the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone to protect living marine resources from foreign fishing interests and board domestic fishing vessels to enforce federal fisheries and vessel safety laws. They also enforce laws regarding illegal immigration and contraband.

The Alert’s crew is always prepared to respond to search and rescue incidents to protect life and property at sea. Coast Guard missions will take the Alert all over the Northern Pacific Ocean, from the coastal seas of Washington and Oregon to the warm waters off Central America and north to Alaska.