From the bridge of the Bertholf: Alaska patrol

As one of the Coast Guard’s newest assets, the national security cutters bring operational capabilities the fleet needs for mission success. Over the next few weeks, the wardroom of the service’s first NSC will share their unique perspective on how the fleet’s newest class of cutters will perform in the world’s most challenging operating environments from the bridge of the Bertholf. You can also check with Coast Guard Alaska later in the week for the view from the deck plate, focusing on Bertholf’s day to day operations that make their missions a success.

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf moored in Women's Bay, Alaska, before departing on their first Alaska Patrol. This patrol will test the crew and the ship at being able to accomplish the fishery mission while in rough weather. Patrolling during the spring, when the weather is not as significant in the winter, will establish a good baseline on how effective national security cutters will be in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf moored in Women's Bay, Alaska, before departing on their first Alaska Patrol. This patrol will test the crew and the ship at being able to accomplish the fishery mission while in rough weather. Patrolling during the spring, when the weather is not as significant in the winter, will establish a good baseline on how effective national security cutters will be in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

 Written by Lt. j.g. Brian Lisko, assistant weapons officer, Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf.

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf has been on its first Alaska Patrol, or ALPAT, for a week or so, and since entering the 17th Coast Guard District waters, has adapted and adjusted well to the always changing weather and challenges of the region. An ALPAT is very different than a counter-drug patrol…

For more please see the full post at the Coast Guard Compass blog.

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