Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island crew receives Meritorious Unit Commendation

7th Coast Guard District NewsKey West, Fla. — Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation award on Thursday at Sector Key West, Fla., by Captain Pat DeQuattro, commander of Coast Guard Sector Key West.

For 2010 to 2011, the crewmembers of Kodiak Island spent 4,000 hours underway, totaling over 146 days away from homeport. During this period the Kodiak Island crewmembers successfully completed a myriad of missions.

The crewmembers of Kodiak Island successfully conducted migrant interdiction operations by interdicting seven vessels and stopped 146 migrants from attempting to illegally enter the United States. In November 2010 the crewmembers of Kodiak Island demonstrated their expertise by hosting and training 71 Dominican Republic Navy Midshipmen in damage control, search and rescue, and maritime law enforcement. This international engagement helped bolster the United States and Dominican Republic’s partner relationship.

Additionally, the crew is committed to serving the Key West community. During the period, the crew volunteered more than 300 hours to the lower Florida Keys community.

The Kodiak Island is a 110-foot patrol boat home ported in Key West. The crew is comprised of 2 officers and 16 enlisted personnel.

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