Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis returns home from 105-day patrol

Cutter Jarvis pulls into port in Vladivostok, Russia

Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis pulls into port in Vladivostok, Russia, August 25, 2010

HONOLULU- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis, a 378-foot High Endurance Cutter, arrived in Honolulu Monday after a three-month multi-mission patrol.

The Jarvis’ crew arrived home after traveling more than 5,000 miles, visiting two foreign countries and one U.S. territory.

During this patrol the cutter supported the United Nations moratorium on illegal high seas driftnet fishing and participated in the multilateral North Pacific Guard event hosted by the Russian Border Guard in Vladivostok, Russia.

The cutter’s first stop was in Vladivostok for international engagement with the North Pacific Guard. Two officers from the Chinese Fisheries Law Enforcement Command joined the Jarvis crew for patrols of the high seas driftnet fishing threat area. The crew of the Jarvis also achieved a new milestone in North Pacific Guard cooperation as the first U.S. vessel to conduct joint underway operations with the Chinese Fisheries Law Enforcement Command vessels.

Illegal high seas drift net fishing threatens the economies of all Pacific Rim nations. and requires multinational participation. Crews from the Taiwan coast guard, maritime patrol aircraft from Japan, Canada, and the U.S. cooperated with the Jarvis during the patrol.

During the North Pacific Guard cooperation, maritime law enforcement counterparts from Japan, South Korea, Russia, China, and Canada conducted underway maneuvers and participated in a series of formal meetings, receptions, and sports competitions.

In addition to its law enforcement and joint cooperation mission, the Jarvis crew reached out to the local community by volunteering at an orphanage and a children’s cancer hospital.

“This was an outstanding patrol for newly reported crewmembers and truly an opportunity of a lifetime for them to be part of a very successful series of international engagements, training and exercises,” said Capt. Webster Balding, commanding officer of the Cutter Jarvis. “I look forward to continuing this international cooperation throughout the entire South Pacific and wherever we operate.”

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