Home for the holidays; Coast Guard Cutter Sherman to return to homeport

Sherman Alaska Patrol  BERING SEA – The Coast Guard Cutter Sherman steams along the Aleutian Islands Oct. 4, 2008, during a law enforcement patrol in Alaska. While on deployment, crewmembers of the cutter Sherman, homeported in Alameda, Calif., conducted fisheries enforcement, vessel safety checks, and search and rescue, assisting numerous vessels at the height of the red king crab fishing season. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman is scheduled to return to its homeport Sunday Nov. 21, 2010, after a 71-day Alaska fisheries patrol in the Bering Sea.

During the deployment, the crew of the Sherman participated in three search and rescue cases and 29 fisheries boardings, including nine priority boardings in the Red King Crab fishing fleet.

During the patrol, the crew of the Sherman completed a shoot of the 76mm gun mounted on the forward deck of the ship, discharging 96 rounds.

The crew also contended with adverse weather conditions including 25-foot swells and 50-knot winds.

The arrival of the Sherman and its crew puts them back into homeport just in time to be reunited with their families for the holidays.

“I know the Coast Guard is needed at every time during the year, but I’m very excited and grateful to be able to come home for the holidays,” said Ens. Stephanie Wood, a crewmember stationed aboard the Sherman.

Coast Guard members are dedicated to the Coast Guard’s missions of maritime safety and law enforcement, environmental protection, and search and rescue, and they remain vigilant year-round.

“I think the command and the Coast Guard do the best they can to look out for the morale and well being of the crew in the environment we live in, and it’s always appreciated,” said Seaman Maurice Ballesteros, another crew member stationed aboard the Sherman, “I think it’s great that we get to come home for the holidays and I can’t wait to see my family,” he said.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman is a 378-foot cutter commissioned in 1967. In March 2007, the crew of the Sherman was involved in the largest drug bust in U.S. history seizing over 20-tons of cocaine.

The Sherman’s missions include migrant and drug interdiction, maritime safety and law enforcement, fisheries enforcement and search and rescue.

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