Waesche Comes Home

U.S. Coast Guard photo

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returned to homeport last Saturday. The 418- foot-long ship has a top speed of 28 knots (about 32 miles per hour), a range of 12,000 nautical miles and a crew of 120.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returned to Coast Guard Island Saturday after logging 38,000 nautical miles — 43,700 miles — during a 161-day, deployment in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia. While underway, the ship visited eight countries. Waesche departed Alameda on March 24.

The cutter's 120-member crew participated in "Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training" (CARAT), a training opportunity for foreign navies whose missions align with U.S. Coast Guard operations.

These include vessel boardings and inspections, migrant interdiction, search and rescue, drug interdiction and maritime law enforcement.

The crew trained members of the Royal Thai navy, the Indonesian navy, the Malaysian naval and coast guard forces, the Philippine naval and coast guard forces and the Royal Singapore navy. They covered subjects like maritime law enforcement, basic damage control, basic shipboard medical procedures, as well as flight deck operations and procedures. Waesche boarding teams also worked with personnel from the Cook Islands and the Australian Border Patrol.

They helped enforcing maritime fisheries laws along their exclusive economic zones. Upon departing Yokosuka, Japan and beginning the transit home, Waesche operated under the orders of the 17th Coast Guard District slowly patrolling and monitoring high-threat areas for high-seas drift net violators.


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