USCG Cutter Returns from 92-day Deployment

USCG Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy
Thursday, July 11, 2013

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returned home to San Diego after a three-month deployment to the Bering Sea, Thursday morning.

During this deployment, the Boutwell's crew conducted fisheries enforcement boardings on commercial fishing vessels and patrolled the Maritime Boundary Line between Russia and the United States.  Maritime Boundary Line patrols serve to deter illegal fishing by foreign vessels in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.

"Boutwell’s crew performed exceptionally throughout the deployment to Alaskan waters.  We patrolled the Maritime Boundary Line reminding the nearby foreign trawlers of our presence, conducted many fisheries boardings where more than 60 percent of the nation's seafood comes from, joined forces with the Alaskan State Police in enforcement actions, and prosecuted four long distance search and rescue cases with our embarked Alaskan helicopter detachment,” said Capt. Jim Munro, Boutwell’s commanding officer.  “This patrol was a great contrast to the counter-drug mission we routinely execute in the eastern Pacific equatorial waters, and broadened our already substantial mission area expertise.”

During their 92-day deployment, the Boutwell served as the sole Coast Guard search and rescue platform in the Bering Sea. The cutter’s crew conducted three medical evacuations and one successful search for a reported overdue boater.  One notable medevac involved a 28-year-old fisherman aboard the Alaska Spirit. The man was then transported to emergency medical personnel approximately 115 miles away by the Boutwell’s embarked helicopter. 

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and aviation detachement from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, deployed aboard the cutter during the patrol. The Coast Guard routinely stations a helicopter-equipped cutter in the Bering Sea to provide maximum area coverage for rescues, often out of reach of shore-based Coast Guard aircraft. 

Boutwell’s crewmembers took part in various community relations events during the deployment including organizing a five-kilometer foot race during a port call in Adak, Alaska, and later invited the public of Juneau, Alaska, to tour the ship on Independence Day. 

The 45-year-old Boutwell and the other Hamilton class, high-endurance cutters, are being replaced by the Legend class national security cutters (NSCs). The NCSs are better equipped, more durable, safer, and more efficient than their predecessor, and will allow the Coast Guard to deliver its unique blend of military capability, law enforcement authority, and lifesaving expertise wherever needed to protect American interests, today and for decades to come. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell is a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in San Diego, with a crew of approximately 160. 
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

First Women's Expedition to the Arctic

Company "MyArctic-expeditions" organize the first women's expedition to the Arctic Ocean. The expedition will start on March 5 in the capital of the Nenets Autonomous

Topaz Responder Saves Refugee Migrants

Topaz Energy and Marine has emerged as an unlikely player in the effort to save refugee migrants risking their lives on the sea crossing from Turkey to Greeceā€™s islands in order to reach Europe.

Sardines Boost Murmansk Port Turnover

In January 2016 turnover of the Murmansk Marine Fishing Port reached 22 thousand tons of cargo, including 15 thousand tons of fish. This is higher than last year,

Coast Guard

Hijacked Singaporean Ship Released in Nigeria

The crew of a Singapore-registered container vessel, Safmarine Kuramo, hijacked off the Nigerian Coast earlier this week, were released unharmed on Saturday (Feb

USCG Issues Zika Virus Precautions

Recently, the World Health Organization designated the Zika virus as a global public health emergency. This has prompted questions from the maritime industry regarding

Honda Marine, BRIG USA Ink OEM Deal

Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and marketer of a complete range of outboard marine 4-stroke engines, announced today a new OEM agreement with BRIG USA.

 
 
Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0927 sec (11 req/sec)