Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick conduct joint customs operations with a Customs and Border Protection enforcement officer aboard the cutter’s small boat five miles offshore of Dixon Entrance on Feb. 17, 2018. (USCG photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios)

Coast Guard, CBP Conduct Joint Operation Off Alaska Coast

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick conducted joint customs operations with a Customs and Border Protection enforcement officer five miles offshore of Dixon Entrance last weekend.

The purpose of the operation was to monitor the safety and security of mariners transiting the area as well as ensuring proper completion of customs documentation when entering U.S. territorial waters.

“We want to identify northbound vessels and ensure proper reporting requirements so that we may properly vet passengers and crew for prior violations,” said Gilbert Varela, CBP enforcement officer.

“Working with our partner agencies is essential in understanding each others roles when conducting law enforcement missions and prepares us for future events,” said Lt. Mike Moyseowicz, commanding officer of the cutter John McCormick. “The Coast Guard is committed to patrolling our maritime borders to ensure safety and compliance at all times.”

Dixon Entrance is a strait in the Pacific Ocean at the Canada and United States border between Alaska and British Columbia.

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