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Press Release | March 5, 2024

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf arrives in Singapore

SINGAPORE - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) and crew arrived in Singapore, Feb. 25, after transiting more than 8,000 nautical miles over 30 days from San Diego, Calif.

During the visit to the Republic of Singapore, the crew of the cutter is scheduled to participate in several professional engagements and at-sea exercises.

The two-day professional meetings will allow for collaboration, exchanges of best practices, and operational planning for the scheduled two-day exercises at-sea with the Republic of Singapore Navy vessel, Guardian. In addition to the Republic of Singapore Navy, the crew of the Bertholf intend to work with the Singapore Police Coast Guard and Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency.

“The crew of the Bertholf is excited to be in Singapore and looking forward to the many events with the crew of the Republic of Singapore Navy, Police Coast Guard, and Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency,” said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Billy Mees, commanding officer of the Bertholf. “The Indo-Pacific region is a dynamic environment and fostering partnerships with our allied nations helps ensure we improve maritime governance in these crucial economic waterways.”

Bertholf is one of four National Security Cutters homeported in Alameda. The U.S. Coast Guard currently maintains 10 National Security Cutters. Bertholf is operating as part of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 71, U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force, promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific, strengthening partner networks, and enhancing maritime safety and security.

Bertholf is the first legend-class national security cutter and has a range of 12,000 nautical miles, endurance of up to 90 days and can hold a crew of up to 170. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf is homeported in Alameda, Calif.