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Press Release | Jan. 12, 2024

Coast Guard Cutter Midgett returns to home port after a 129-day Alaska patrol

HONOLULU – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) and crew completed a 129-day deployment that included readiness training in and around southern California and 50 days on patrol in the Bering Sea, before returning to their home port in Honolulu. 

The Midgett played a role projecting U.S. influence and protecting the nation’s interests as the only U.S. maritime military service operating consistently in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean. 

Midgett and its crew implemented the Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategic Outlook objectives within the Seventeenth Coast Guard District area of responsibility, enforced fishery laws in a 13.9-billion-dollar Alaskan fishing industry, and maintained a continuous search and rescue guard amidst harsh winter weather. The crew completed 10 federal fisheries boardings and ensured adherence to federal laws and regulations while fostering a collaborative partnership with the Alaskan fishing fleet.

The crew focused on multiple community relations events with the City of Unalaska for District 17’s “Kids Don’t Float” outreach program, which included a tour of Midgett for 54 students from the local elementary school. The crew also took time teaching 200 students initial actions for cold water immersion, life jacket laws, how to determine the best type and fit, and the appropriate life jackets for different situations. 

The Midgett is a 418-foot Legend-Class National Security Cutter that conducts search and rescue, fisheries law enforcement, maritime homeland security, and defense missions. The Midgett has been homeported in Honolulu since 2019.