March 1, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia (WLB 215) returned to Apra Harbor, Guam, following a multi-cutter patrol in response to Super Typhoon Wutip, Monday.
Super Typhoon Wutip was the strongest February storm in the Western Pacific Ocean in 70 years. While underway the Sequoia led a typhoon avoidance group with the two 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boats from Guam.
“Our mission is two-fold in a situation like Typhoon Wutip,” said Lt. Cmdr. Christian Adams, commanding officer, Sequoia. “The first is to protect our response capabilities during the storm and conduct emergent search and rescue. This allows us to complete our second mission; to assist in response efforts following the storm’s passing.”
Leaving Guam in early January, they traveled over 8,146 statute miles (7,079 nautical miles) to conduct aids to navigation maintenance and replacement in American Samoa and Kwajalein Atoll. The care of ATON is a vital service the crew of the Sequoia.