Feature: A Hawaiian Cutterman

Feature: A Hawaiian Cutterman
Chief Warrant Officer Hari Colton oversees maintenance on a buoy while operating off Oahu, Hawaii. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West/Released) As often happens on January nights, bands of light rain swept over Honolulu Harbor, and the silhouette of the Coast Guard Cutter Walnut (WLB 205) pulled away from the pier at Coast Guard Base Honolulu but for the final time. The...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing person off Big Island

Coast Guard suspends search for missing person off Big Island
Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircraft file photo. HONOLULU — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing 40-year-old man off the coast of the Big Is-land near Honokaa, Sunday. “We extend our condolences to his friends and loved ones during this trying time,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Casey Connors, a Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstander. “Working with...

Motor vessel connected to U.S. sanctions violations departs American Samoa

Motor vessel connected to U.S. sanctions violations departs American Samoa
HONOLULU — Following a five-month stay in the port of Pago Pago, American Samoa, the 580-foot motor vessel Wise Honest, a 17,061-ton, single-hull bulk carrier ship connected to U.S. sanctions violations departed under tow Monday. This action comes after an investigation by the Department of Justice and the sale of the ship in a Southern District of New York Federal Court-directed auction. The Coast...

Coast Guard cutters support Oceania partners during month-long Operation Aiga

Coast Guard cutters support Oceania partners during month-long Operation Aiga
A boat crew from the USCGC Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) transports NOAA Fisheries and American Samoa Marine Police members to conduct fisheries law enforcement in the American Samoa exclusive economic zone, Aug. 8, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Scott Sabatini/Released) HONOLULU — The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Walnut (WLB 205) and Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC...

Coast Guard, Royal New Zealand Navy conduct professional exchanges in Oceania

Coast Guard, Royal New Zealand Navy conduct professional exchanges in Oceania
The command from USCGC Walnut (WLB 205), and the Charge d’Affairs Tony Greubel of U.S. Embassy Samoa spent time with peers on HMNZS Otago (P148) discussing mission, challenges and comparing shipboard life in the region while off Samoa Aug. 4, 2019. (Photo courtesy HMNZ Navy Lt. Samuel Murray) HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard and Royal New Zealand Navy took time in early August to conduct professional...

Coast Guard Cutter Walnut conducts community engagements in Samoa

Coast Guard Cutter Walnut conducts community engagements in Samoa
Members of the USCGC Walnut (WLB 205) and the U.S. Coast Guard 14th District visit the Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Center in Apia, Samoa, Aug. 7, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir) APIA, Samoa — The Coast Guard Cutter Walnut (WLB 205) crew conducted a three-day port call and several engagements in Samoa the first week of August. The crew is participating...

Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak arrives in American Samoa on patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak arrives in American Samoa on patrol
The crew of USCGC Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) prepare to moor at the port of Pago Pago, American Samoa, Aug. 3, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir) PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) arrived in the Port of Pago Pago, Saturday. The crew is participating in Operation Aiga to conduct fisheries law enforcement and strengthen partnerships...

Coast Guard Cutter Walnut holds change of command ceremony

Coast Guard Cutter Walnut holds change of command ceremony
Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Jasnoch relieves Lt. Cmdr. Robert Cole as commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Walnut (WLB 205) in a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, June 14, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir) HONOLULU — Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Jasnoch relieved Lt. Cmdr. Robert Cole as commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Walnut...

Coast Guard 5th District recognizes Enlisted Person of the Year

Coast Guard 5th District recognizes Enlisted Person of the Year
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st class Matthew Montgomery, the 5th District’s Enlisted Person of the Year, poses for a photo with his wife and his command during a dinner reception at the Marston Pavilion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 12, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shannon Kearney) FORT MACON, NC – Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Montgomery, a boatswain’s...