Coast Guard Cutter Rush returns to Oahu after two-month patrol

HONOLULU -- The Coast Guard Cutter Rush, homeported in Honolulu, joins the French Frigate Prairial, of the French Marine Nationale, homeported in Tahiti, for a multilateral law enforcement effort in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 25, 2010. The Rush and the Prairian conducted law enforcement, search and rescue, maritime safety, and environmental protection missions while patrolling the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Coast Guard photo

USCG Cutter Rush File Photo

HONOLULU – Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Rush and an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point returned to Honolulu after a two-month patrol in the South West Pacific Tuesday.

During their deployment, the Rush’s crew and Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point aircrew helped enforce the ongoing Fight for Fish; the 14th Coast Guard District’s campaign to protect fish stocks and deter illegal fishing. To perform their mission, the crews conducted patrols throughout various island nations in the region, including the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, and the Cook Islands, as well as six remote high-seas pockets.

While underway, crewmembers and ship-riders conducted 38 boardings, patrolled six remote U.S. exclusive economic zones and exercised three international ship-rider agreements. As a result of their boardings, 14 vessels were found to be in violation of applicable regulations and one vessel’s trip was terminated due to unsafe conditions.

In addition to law enforcement activities, the Rush and Air Station aircrew assisted in the rescue of a family of four adrift for five days on the open ocean. Coordination with a New Zealand Air Force aircrew resulted in the successful location and rescue of the family.

Coast Guard crews also participated in Operation Kuru Kuru, a Forum Fisheries Agency-led multinational operation consisting of eight ships and four aircraft from different Pacific island nations, France, New Zealand and Australia. The operation successfully sighted 195 fishing vessels, investigated 35 fishing vessels and seized two for fisheries violations.

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