Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returns home after lengthy Bering Sea patrol

 

Petty Officer 2nd Class David Burns, a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aviation survival technician, walks across the flight deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during practice hoist operations while at sea March 20, 2014. Cutter and helicopter crews train together frequently to maintain proficiency in challenging tasks such as ship-based hoists. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

Petty Officer 2nd Class David Burns, a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aviation survival technician, walks across the flight deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during practice hoist operations while at sea March 20, 2014. Cutter and helicopter crews train together frequently to maintain proficiency in challenging tasks such as ship-based hoists. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returned to their homeport in Kodiak Wednesday after completing training and inspections in Washington and a lengthy patrol to provide a search and rescue and law enforcement resource for the domestic fishing fleet in the Bering Sea.

In Washington, the Alex Haley crew underwent Tailored Ship’s Training Availability, a set of drills, inspections and exercises, administered by the Navy, to assess the readiness of the ship’s crew. The crew passed with high marks earning an overall score of 97 percent.

While at sea, Alex Haley crewmembers conducted a 49-day patrol totaling more than 1,000 operational hours. While underway the crew boarded more than 60 vessels to ensure the vessels and crews were in operating compliance with state and federal regulations governing safety and fisheries. They dedicated more than 68 hours to surveying critical habitats and rookeries to ensure the protection of living marine resources and they also conducted various humanitarian missions with several tribal communities in Alaska.

 

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew from Air Station Kodiak was also attached to the cutter during the length of the patrol serving as a search and rescue asset and increasing the crew’s range for law enforcement. While deployed with the cutter the helicopter crew successfully performed three search and rescue cases including two medevacs and a search for a man overboard from the fishing vessel Seeker, despite significant winter weather.

“The crew performed admirably in some very challenging conditions, typical of being at sea during the winter in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea,” said Cmdr. Stephen White, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley.

 

Fireman Benjamyn Potvin and Petty Officer 3rd Class Gabriel Rosario, members of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley's fire team, practice responding to a helicopter crash during a drill on the cutter's flight deck while underway in Unalaska Bay near Unalaska, Alaska, Feb. 27, 2014. Coast Guard cutter crews train to fight onboard fires because of their requirement to be self-reliant while at sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

Fireman Benjamyn Potvin and Petty Officer 3rd Class Gabriel Rosario, members of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley’s fire team, practice responding to a helicopter crash during a drill on the cutter’s flight deck while underway in Unalaska Bay near Unalaska, Alaska, Feb. 27, 2014. Coast Guard cutter crews train to fight onboard fires because of their requirement to be self-reliant while at sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

“Despite these conditions the fishing fleet was very active and we are extremely pleased with the high level of compliance with safety and fisheries regulation. The demonstrated commitment by the fishing fleet and the Coast Guard is important for preserving life at sea and maintaining fisheries for years to come.”

The Alex Haley is a 282-foot medium endurance cutter from Kodiak. The ship’s crew of more than 99 sailors is responsible for search and rescue, law enforcement, living marine resource, and security missions throughout the North Pacific Ocean.

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