Ensign Roger Nayden, CGC Jarvis Public Affairs Officer, contributed to this post
Aloha to the captain and crew of Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis! On Monday, the 378-foot cutter returned home to Honolulu, Hawaii, after a 5,000 mile, 105-day patrol supporting global partnerships.
“This was an outstanding patrol for newly reported crewmembers and truly an opportunity of a lifetime for them to be part of a very successful series of international engagements, training and exercises,” said Capt. Webster Balding, commanding officer of Jarvis.
During the patrol, the cutter supported joint international environmental protection and law enforcement operations and participated in multilateral exercise with North Pacific Guard partners including Japan, South Korea, Russia, China and Canada.
History was made when Jarvis conducted joint fishery patrols with Chinese Fisheries Law Enforcement Command (FLEC). As in past years, two officers from FLEC joined Jarvis for patrols of the HSDN threat area. This year, however, Jarvis conducted a three-day joint patrol with two FLEC patrol vessels, marking the first joint underway operations between a U.S. and FLEC vessel. Joint boardings and inspections support the United Nations moratorium on illegal high seas driftnet fishing, which threaten protected aquatic species and the economies of all Pacific Rim nations.
Jarvis also participated in the Multilateral, Multi-mission Exercise, “MMEX 2010,” in Vladivostok, Russia, and conducted training with the Russian Border Guard patrol vessel Vorovskiy. While in Russia, the Jarvis crew volunteered at an orphanage and a children’s cancer hospital.
All in all, it was a successful cruise and part of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to be a good partner and effective leader in international maritime regimes.
“I look forward to continuing this international cooperation throughout the entire South Pacific and wherever we operate,” said Balding.