Cutter Munro crew hosts Japan coast guard

Cmdr. Kazuya Yamashita, Lt. Nolan Cain, Lt. Charlayne Holliday, Cmdr. Nathan Podoll, Capt. Mark Cawthorn and Capt. Masayuki Kobayashi pose in front of the cutter Munro during the Munro’s North Pacific Guard Patrol Aug. 31, 2011.

By: Ens. Stefan Lewis, Coast Guard Cutter Munro’s public affairs officer

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro took a break from a compressed maintenance and typhoon avoidance preparation period during its North Pacific Guard Patrol to host local members from the Japan coast guard Yokosuka office Aug. 31, 2011. 

The cutter Munro welcomed Capt. Masayuki Kobayashi, director of the Yokosuka coast guard office and Cmdr. Kazuya Yamashita, captain of patrol vessel Takaton.

During their visit, they toured the cutter, met crewmembers and ate lunch with members of the wardroom. During their introduction to the crew,  Kobayashi expressed extreme gratitude and appreciation to the Coast Guard for all the guidance and assistance it has provided the Japan coast guard through the years.

He also expressed admiration for continued joint efforts, especially those through the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum.  The NPCGF was initiated by the Japan coast guard in 2000 as a venue to foster multilateral cooperation on matters related to international operations, exchange of information, illegal drug trafficking, maritime security, fisheries enforcement, illegal migration and maritime domain awareness.

The current membership includes maritime agencies from Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States.

During its North Pacific Guard Patrol, cutter Munro protects highly migratory species of the North Pacific Ocean such as salmon, tuna, and billfish. NPCGF nations pool their resources to protect these species on the high seas.