Coast Guard Cutter SPAR returns to Kodiak, Alaska, after 123 days

KODIAK, Alaska — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR returned to homeport in Kodiak on Sunday after nearly four months away.

The SPAR crew’s patrol included stops in: Juneau, for the Coast Guard 17th District Buoy Tender Roundup; Seattle, for emergency dry dock repair to the hull; and Los Angeles for a scheduled maintenance period.

In addition to travelling south for repairs, the SPAR’s crew also transported three decommissioned NOAA weather buoy hulls and 140,000 of used buoy chain for recycling.

At Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach in San Pedro, California, the cutter’s crew provided inspections as contractors completed more than 1.7 million dollars worth of necessary work. Other crewmembers took advantage of the maintenance period to attend training at Coast Guard training centers around the country.

“Overall during our deployment, the crew took full advantage of their time in the Lower 48 to maximize the value of their time away from homeport and Alaskan waters,” said Lt. Cmdr. Doug Jannusch, the SPAR’s commanding officer. “The crew is grateful to finally be home and rightfully proud of SPAR’s much-improved condition that will enhance her operational effectiveness for years to come.”

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