Cutter Sequoia completes 80-day multi-mission patrol in Pacific

Coast Guard District 14 NewsAPRA HARBOR, Guam – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia arrived back in Guam after an 80-day deployment, Friday.

The crew of the Sequoia began their journey by working aids to navigation in Saipan. After completing their work in Saipan, the crew made the 3,797-mile journey to Honolulu. Once there the crew completed their bi-annual Tailored Ship Training Availability cycle with Navy and Coast Guard shipriders from the Afloat Training Group Pacific.

The crew also provided security during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Honolulu attended by 21 heads of state, to include President Barack Obama Nov. 7-11.

In the middle of November, the crew departed Honolulu to conduct fisheries enforcement in support of Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission objectives and to support U.S. and Republic of Marshall Islands bilateral fisheries enforcement goals.

The Sequoia crew, in support of embarked officers from Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority and the RMI Sea Patrol, conducted several boardings in the RMI’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The results were the discovery of illegal fishing activities including shark finning and the illegal discharge of oil into the sea. The Coast Guard and Marshall Island boardings were conducted in support of the agreement between the United States and the Government of the Republic of Marshall Islands concerning cooperation in maritime surveillance and interdiction activities.

The Sequoia is a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam. The Sequoia primarily works ATON located in the Western Pacific countries of Guam, Saipan, Rota, Tinian and Kwajalein Atoll. The Sequoia conducts a wide range of missions which are vital to Homeland Security, and to the government’s responsibility to ensure the nation’s safety and prosperity.

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