Coast Guard Cutter Walnut returns to Oahu after oil spill patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Walnut, homeported in Honolulu, Hi.HONOLULU — The commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Walnut is scheduled to conduct a news brief Friday at 3:30 p.m. on Coast Guard Base Sand Island to discuss his ship’s recent 173-day patrol to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico.

During the deployment in the Gulf of Mexico, the crew of the Walnut conducted oil spill skimming operations along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The Walnut crewmembers collected a total of 270,000 gallons of oil.

While en route to the Gulf of Mexico, the crew freed a sea turtle that was entangled in a fishing net.

“Our crew worked in extreme conditions to utilize our Spilled Oil Recovery System to skim oil. Our days were long, hot and often oil soaked, but Walnut’s crew got the job done.” said Lt. Andrea Holt, the cutter’s executive officer. “We are very proud of everyone’s efforts during this response.”

Cutter Walnut is a 225-foot Juniper Class Buoy Tender based in Honolulu with a crew of eight officers and 40 enlisted.

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