USCG & RNZN Conduct Professional Exchanges During Operations in Oceania

August 14, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) took time in early August to conduct professional exchanges while off Samoa and in American Samoa. “New Zealand is a steadfast and key partner with significant operational expertise and strong identity as a Pacific nation. The U.S. Coast Guard benefits from combined operations and exchanges…

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USCGC Joseph Gerczak Arrives in American Samoa on Patrol

August 5, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) arrived in the Port of Pago Pago August 3. The crew is participating in Operation Aiga to conduct fisheries law enforcement and strengthen partnerships in American Samoa and Samoa throughout August. “It was a good transit, the longest we’ve conducted yet, nine days at sea and we’re proving the…

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Coast Guard patrols South Pacific in support of international fisheries

January 25, 2019 – Following a stop in Fiji in late January, USCGC Mellon (WHEC 717) continued her South Pacific patrol in support of counter-Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing and global security missions. The presence of a high endurance Coast Guard cutter conducting operations in the region demonstrates the U.S. commitment to regional partnerships and strengthening a coalition of like-minded…

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Coast Guard Commissions Cutter Honoring Heroic Signalman

The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126), Hawaii’s second Sentinel-class cutter, was commissioned into service at Coast Guard Base Honolulu March 9th. Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, presided over the ceremony accepting the second of three 154-foot fast response cutters to be stationed in Hawaii. The cutter’s sponsor Stella Gerczak, who is Joseph Gerczak’s…

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Hawaii receives second Sentinel-class Coast Guard cutter

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) arrived in Honolulu Sunday becoming the second of three 154-foot fast response cutters stationed in Hawaii. The cutters are designed to patrol coastal regions and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment, including the ability to launch and recover standardized small boats from the stern. The Joseph…

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