Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf to visit Kodiak, host public tours

17th Coast Guard District NewsKODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the most technically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, is scheduled to make a fourth Alaskan port call in Kodiak Saturday and will be open for public tours Sunday.

The Bertholf, a 418-foot National Security Cutter, has been patrolling the Bering Sea for approximately one month conducting fishery boardings, protecting the critical marine habitat and performing search and rescue.

In the course of that month, the Bertholf and crew travelled approximately 9,775 miles, performed 79 shipboard drills, conducted 26 boardings and issued 14 fishery violations.

With capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national defense missions, the Bertholf is the first of eight planned National Security Cutters commissioned to replace the aging 378-foot High Endurance Hamilton Class cutters that have been in service since the 1960s.

While visiting Kodiak the cutter is scheduled to be open for public tours Sunday during Crab Fest from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. They will be moored at the city dock.


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