Cutter Rush returns to Honolulu after 100-day patrol and Shanghai visit

HONOLULU — The Honolulu-based U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Rush returned to home port here today from a three-month deployment to the Northwest Pacific and Asia.

During the deployment, the 378-foot high endurance cutter Rush’s crew conducted combined operations with maritime partners of the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum to stop illegal high seas driftnet fishing and returned to China for the second time in four years.

In 2006, the Rush was the first U.S. Coast Guard cutter to visit China since World War II.

The Rush’s crew made their second port call to China, where U.S. Coast Guardsmen engaged in professional exchanges with China’s civil maritime agencies. The Rush and China’s Rescue and Salvage Bureau demonstrated different methods for recovering persons in the water and demonstrated various seamanship activities with the Ministry of Public Security Border Control Department.

These professional exchanges and social activities such as a basketball game served to enhance collaboration and cooperation in the area of fisheries enforcement at sea and enhance maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Preceding the professional exchanges in Shanghai, the majority of Rush’s deployment was dedicated to the enforcement of international fisheries agreements and the prevention of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity in the North Pacific Ocean.

During the deployment, Rush embarked a Chinese fisheries law enforcement ship rider and patrolled in conjunction with other partner nations to stop illegal fishing activity.

The Rush is one of two 378-foot high endurance cutters based in Honolulu and has a crew of 135. The Rush’s primary missions include defense operations, enforcement of laws and treaties, and search and rescue throughout the Pacific.

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