Crewmembers aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf prepare to recover the ship’s long-range interceptor boat after a training exercise in the East China Sea on March 13, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John Masson)

Coast Guard Planning to Base Three Fast-Response Cutters on Guam, Commandant Says

The Coast Guard is “doubling down on Oceania” with plans to homeport three of its newest fast-response cutters in Guam within the next two years, commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said in a press call Monday.

Speaking from the Philippines during a tour of the Indo-Pacific region, Schultz said the move will “allow more frequent and longer patrols” in an area where the Coast Guard has increased its presence this year. The first of the vessels could arrive as soon as mid-2021.

The Coast Guard kept a cutter deployed in the western Pacific since January and in March sent one, the Bertholf, through the Taiwan Strait for the first time.

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