Crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro returned to Kodiak on Monday, Sept. 14, in the wake of a two-month Operation North Pacific Guard patrol focused on enforcement of international fishery regulations.
The annual military exercise is designed to detect and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, including large-scale high seas pelagic driftnet fishing. Operation North Pacific includes multilateral and bilateral international agreements with the United States in order to advance conservation and management of high seas fisheries resources, Coast Guard officials said.
The Douglas Munro began its patrol just south of the Aleutian Islands and traveled 12,500 miles through the Pacific Ocean, enforcing fisheries regulations for 59 days.
During that period the Munro crew conducted inspections of 11 fishing vessels of various nationalities, to be sure they were complying with Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and North Pacific Fisheries Commission regulations.
The Munro crew also embarked an aviation detachment and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco for aerial reconnaissance and search and rescue missions.
While patrolling in the Hawaiian Islands, the Douglas Munro crew rendezvoused with the Coast Guard Cutter Munro, the sixth 418-foot, Legend-class national security cutter in the Coast Guard. The Douglas Munro is named for the Coast Guard’s only World War II Medal of Honor recipient.