The Coast Guard Cutter Munro has returned home after a three-month, 15,000-mile multi-mission patrol that took its crew from Alameda, California to the maritime boundary separating Alaska and Russia in the Bering Sea, and on to military exercises in the Hawaiian Islands.
The Munro spent 37 days in the Bering Sea enforcing fisheries regulations from Alaska to the maritime boundary, boarding 11 commercial fishing vessels to ensure their compliance with U.S. fishery and safety regulations. The Munro patrolled the maritime boundary to prevent foreign vessels from incursions into U.S. waters. The cutter also joined a Russian Border Guard vessel in conducting a joint border patrol to ensure the economic security of both nations.
Then Munro then proceeded to represent the Coast Guard in an at-sea-only military exercise in the Hawaiian Islands from Aug. 17-31, the biennial Rim of the Pacific 2020 (RIMPAC) exercise (cpf.navy.mil/rimpac).
RIMPAC participants include military forces from 10 nations, with a total of 22 ships, one submarine and multiple aircraft. Participating in this year’s exercises were forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore and the United States.
This year’s event included 53 replenishment-at-sea events, 101 pallets of cargo distributed, over 16,000 rounds of small arms munitions shot, over 1,000 large caliber weapons fired, 13 missiles expended and 1,100 pounds of mail delivered.
The at-sea-only construct for RIMPAC 2020 was developed to assure the safety of all military participants and Hawaii’s residents by minimizing shore-based contingents during the pandemic of the novel coronavirus.