Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returns to homeport

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returned Sunday to their homeport of Kittery, Maine after a 55-day patrol conducting operations and training in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank.

The crew carried out Living Marine Resources boardings under the guidance of the 1st Coast Guard District. The Tahoma’s law enforcement teams conducted boardings of commercial fishing vessels to inspect safety gear and enforce marine resource management to ensure sustainable fisheries in the North Atlantic.

On Dec. 1, 2014 the Tahoma’s crew assisted the disabled fishing vessel Madison Kate following an engine casualty. The Tahoma’s crew put the vessel in tow and safety and transferred it to a Coast Guard Station Brant Point motor life boat.

While underway, the crew conducted damage control training, including fire and flooding scenarios, and gunnery exercises. Teaming with a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, the Tahoma practiced day and night aircraft operations. The crew also participated in refueling exercises with Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle, a 110-ft cutter homeported in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

“I am exceptionally proud of the Tahoma’s crew for expertly carrying out our assigned missions in the challenging winter environment of the North Atlantic,” said Cmdr. Willie Carmichael, the Tahoma’s Commanding Officer.

The Tahoma is a 270-foot cutter homeported in Kittery, Maine. The ship and crew execute maritime law enforcement, homeland security, and search and rescue missions in support of Coast Guard operations throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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