CGC Jarvis returns from international patrol

Ensign Roger Nayden, CGC Jarvis Public Affairs Officer, contributed to this post 

Sports Day

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia – CGC Jarvis crew poses with Coast Guard and maritime security counterparts from China, Japan, Russia and South Korea during international sports day, August 27, 2010. Sports day took place during the international Multilateral, Multi-mission Exercise. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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. 

Fisheries boarding

CGC Jarvis conducted a high-seas boarding and inspection of a 93-foot Japanese-flagged fishing vessel under the authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Sept. 13. The Commission is a cooperative effort by more than 30 nations and territories to manage and preserve highly migratory fish stocks for long-term economic benefit. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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. 

CGC Jarvis

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia – CGC Jarvis pulls into port in Vladivostok, Russia, August 25, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Thompson.

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.

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