Award Winning Coast Guard Cutter Crew Paints Classrooms… In Mexico!

MARINA DEL REY, Calif – Today Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District congratulated the Commanding Officer and crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut for winning the Commander Jim “Simpson” Award for Excellence in Public Affairs during a command visit to the Marina del Rey based cutter. The Halibut returned this week from a 19 day counter-drug, international engagement and community relations mission in Baja Sur.

The 87 foot patrol boat sailed the entire Baja Peninsula and into the Sea of Cortez, making calls on Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, Mexico.

The Halibut was accompanied by the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen . The Aspen is a 225′ Juniper Class Buoy Tender homeported in San Francisco, Calif. Cutter Aspen provided fuel and logistics support for the Halibut that allowed for the extended voyage of more than over 1500 nautical miles.

In keeping with the Halibut’s commitment to its public affairs mission the crew of the Halibut met with the Commanding Officer of the Mexican Navy’s Search and Rescue Station, Cabo San Lucas as well as participated in a joint community relations project with the Aspen crew painting classrooms and playing stickball with the children of a Catholic orphanage in La Paz.

The “Simpson” award recognizes excellence in all encompassing unit public affairs program to include media relations, internal information, and community relations by the Coast Guard Headquarters Command.

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