The crew aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) returned Tuesday to their homeport of Alameda following a 164-day deployment to the Western Pacific.
The crew steamed nearly 32,000 nautical miles since they departed Alameda Jan. 20 amidst the partial-government shutdown.
Under the tactical control of commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, the crew patrolled and conducted operations as directed including enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution Sanctions against North Korea by monitoring and gathering intelligence on vessels conducting ship-to-ship transfers in the East China, South China and Yellow Seas.
Bertholf’s crew made history March 24-25 as the first U.S. Coast Guard cutter to transit the Taiwan Strait.
Bertholf’s crew engaged in professional exchanges, community relations events and capacity-building exercises with navies and coast guards in Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, including at-sea joint search-and-rescue and interdiction exercises.
Bertholf also made a multi-day port call to Hong Kong, marking the first U.S. Coast Guard cutter to visit the city in 17 years.
The U.S. Coast Guard has an enduring role in the Indo-Pacific, going back over 150 years. The service’s ongoing deployment of resources directly supports U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives in the Indo-Pacific region.
“The U.S. Coast Guard is proud to operate with our Pacific counterparts, and together we are dedicated to enhancing our capabilities and strengthening maritime governance and security while promoting individual sovereignty,” said Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Pacific Area.
Commissioned in 2008, Bertholf is the first of the Coast Guard’s legend class national security cutters and the first national security cutter to deploy to the Western Pacific. Alameda-based U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton departed June 5 for a months-long Western Pacific deployment.