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Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley Returns to Port After Bering Sea Patrol



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The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley carries a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-66 Dolphin helicopter embarked on the stern of the cutter.

Chief Petty Officer Matthew Schofield | USCG

 

JUNEAU, AK—The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returned to homeport in Kodiak, Alaska following a 66-day multi-mission patrol.

The Alex Haley spent the last two months patrolling the Bering Sea and the Aleutian chain. The crew conducted boarding evolutions on the Alaskan crabbing and fishing fleet, and responded to four separate search and rescue cases. 

Chief Petty Officer Matthew Schofield | USCG

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak flight crew members pictured with a MH-65 Dolphin that was utilized aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley.

During the Alex Haley’s patrol they conducted twenty-five fisheries boarding evolutions ensuring the safety of the crews, vessels, and the protection of the Bering Sea living-marine resources. 

“Following a transfer season that saw a large crew turnover, this patrol provided quality training and operational opportunities across a broad spectrum of Coast Guard missions,” said Cmdr. Jon Kreischer, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley. “We are returning from a highly productive winter season Bering Sea patrol, and I am pleased with the favorable search and rescue case outcomes because they will brighten the holiday season for those families involved.”

Chief Petty Officer Matthew Schofield | USCG

Ms. Jamie Gowen, Executive Director for the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers Association, was aboard the fishing vessel Bristol Mariner when the cutter boarding team conducted a safety inspection, October 20, 2018.

The Alex Haley is a 282-foot Medium Endurance Cutter with 100 personnel assigned aboard it. The cutter steamed more than 8,735 miles throughout the last two months, traveling as far west as Adak along the Aleutian chain and as far north as St. Lawrence Island. The crew’s time underway was in support of those who make their livelihood on the Bering Sea. The return to their homeport of Kodiak, Alaska, provides the cutter’s crew to be with their families and friends for the holiday season.

 

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