Coast Guardsman picks up four-legged friend on North Pacific patrol

Fortune Bringer with CGC Munro AVDET

NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro's embarked aviation detachment show the newest crewmember, a dog named Lai Wong, some attention while on patrol in the North Pacific Ocean September 2011. Lai Wong came from the fishing vessel Bangun Perkasa following its seizure for illegal fishing Sept. 15. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Munro.

A Coast Guard member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro has picked up an unlikely patrol souvenir, a dog that resembles a mix between a German shepherd and a Welsh corgi.

Lai Wong, spelled 來旺 in Chinese, was brought aboard Munro from the 140-foot foreign fishing vessel Bangun Perkasa, after the vessel was seized in September for illegal high seas drift net fishing in the North Pacific. Petty Officer 1st Class Yusen Guo, an avionics electrical technician with Air Station San Francisco, has deceided to adopt the Lai Wong and will take ownership of him once Munro returns to Kodiak. Plans are for Lai Wong to fly to California aboard a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft taking cargo back to the air station from the cutter in November.

Lai Wong wandered onto the fishing vessel Bangun Perkasa as a puppy a few years ago and the chief engineer decided to keep him. With travel requirements from the U.S. to Asia in mind, the chief engineer asked the Munro’s crew to keep Lai Wong. He felt it would be in the dog’s best interest. The Munro crew made sure Lai Wong had a thorough bath when he came aboard and was evaluated by veterinarians at the cutter’s first port call. He is reportedly a healthy and happy dog.

Lai Wong is very friendly and loves any attention he receives from the crew. He spends most of his time patrolling the ship’s helicopter hanger or law enforcement vestibule. When in port he stands a vigilant quarterdeck watch and greets all who cross the cutter’s brow. He responds well to some hand signals, but doesn’t understand English. Chinese owners commonly give auspicious names to their pets to attract good luck and Lai Wong’s name means fortune bringer.

Munro is a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska. The cutter crew has been on patrol in the North Pacific for more than three months enforcing international fisheries regulations.

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