Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returns home after 86-day patrol in Atlantic Ocean

Coast Guard Cutter SENECA transits in Somes Sound near Acadia National Park, Maine on Feb. 20, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Auxiliarist David Lau)

Coast Guard Cutter SENECA transits in Somes Sound near Acadia National Park, Maine. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau)

BOSTON — Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returned to its homeport in Boston Saturday after an 86-day patrol in the northern Atlantic Ocean.

During the patrol, Seneca’s crew responded to four search and rescue cases. One notable case involved a disabled fishing boat taking on water 100 miles off shore during blizard conditions. The crew rescued four fishermen and put the fishing boat in tow. The tow was later transferred to a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Rockland, Maine for escort to shore.

Seneca boarding teams completed 31 living marine resource boardings to ensure safety and environmental regulations are being followed. The Coast Guard is the primary agency for at-sea enforcement of federal laws concerning our Nation’s valuable aquatic food resources.

“I am incredibly proud of this crew’s accomplishments during this patrol,” said Cmdr. John J. Christensen, Seneca’s commanding officer. “Their efforts ensured the continued preservation of our national fisheries, the safety of our offshore fishermen, and the security of sea lanes to some of our largest marine transportation hubs. They did this all while keeping our 34-year-old cutter fully operational, enabling us to meet every mission, every time.”

Seneca is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter with a crew complement of 14 officers and 86 enlisted personnel.

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