Coast Guard Cutter Juniper crew to return home after 53-day Arctic patrol

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — The Newport, R.I., based 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Juniper is scheduled to return home after a 53-day Arctic patrol, Sunday at 9 a.m.

The Patrol was in part of Operation Nanook, a patrol designed to enhance interoperability with international forces and to provide the experience of working and responding to incidents in the harsh Arctic environment.

During patrol, the Juniper conducted maritime safety and security exchanges with the Canadian navy, Canadian coast guard and elements of the Danish navy.

The Juniper, under the direction of Canada’s Joint Task Force North, participated in various elements showcasing Arctic presence, capabilities, enhancement of international interoperability, demonstrated leadership in the Arctic and built proficiency.

The crew also participated in a simulated search and rescue exercise near Thule Air Base in Greenland, Exercise Northern Deployment 2012. Crewmembers from the Juniper and HDMS Knud Rasmussen, a Royal Danish Naval patrol vessel, worked together on search and rescue scenario.

Crewmembers from the Juniper also conducted a Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization patrol with Canadian forces. This joint patrol is designed to reduce the threat of foreign poaching and ensure compliance with international living marine resource agreements.

“The crew performed admirably over the last 53 days, and represented the U. S. Coast Guard with distinction through many international exchanges and exercises,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Caudle, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Juniper. “As a team, we’ve completed all our mission objectives and reinforced our international relationships with our partner nations of the Arctic.”

In total, Juniper steamed more than 6,500 miles, working in the northernmost region of the high Arctic in the vicinity of Baffin Island and areas off Greenland’s west coast, approximately 2,300 miles northeast of Juniper’s homeport.

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