Coast Guard National Security Cutter Munro celebrates first year of service

File photo of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro

Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMLS-755) file photo

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMLS-755) celebrated the cutter’s first year of service Monday at the cutter’s homeport in Alameda since the ship was commissioned April 1, 2017.

The commanding officer spent the last 12 months preparing the crew and the ship for full service, including conducting training, at-sea trials, interagency exercises and getting the ship physically prepared to complete the service’s 11 statutory missions.

Between Nov. 14 and Nov. 18, the crew of the Munro completed a living marine resources patrol near the Channel Islands, Calif., with personnel from the National Parks Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and with representatives from other Coast Guard units. During that operation, known as Operation Island Sentinel, the Munro crew conducted seven boardings, issued two violations and two written warnings.

The crew also underwent a series of drills, known as Tailored Ships Training Availability, which tests the crew on every aspect of operational readiness, including damage control, communications, medical, man overboard, flight operations and fire drills.

“The crew trained and worked tremendously hard prior to their first underway period and was prepared for the challenges they faced at TSTA,” said Capt. Thomas King, Munro’s commanding officer. “Munro and her crew shined achieving all certifications and earning the prestigious Battle E for TSTA. The crew also conducting interagency law enforcement operations during the operational period.”

The Legend Class National Security Cutter Munro is named after the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, Douglas Munro, who was killed by enemy fire Sept. 27, 1942, while evacuating a battalion of Marines at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal.

“As Munro crews prepare for both the upcoming Combat Systems Ship Qualification trials and their first extended deployment this summer, I have no doubt that Munro and her crew will achieve outstanding future success and continue to contribute to the legacy of Petty Officer First Class Douglas Munro,” added King.

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