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Press Release | June 4, 2024

USCGC Myrtle Hazard (WPC 1139) enters first drydock maintenance in Honolulu

U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam

SANTA RITA, Guam — The USCGC Myrtle Hazard (WPC 1139) crew arrived in Honolulu on May 28, 2024, marking a significant milestone as it enters its first drydock maintenance period of approximately four and a half months. 

Commissioned in 2021, the Myrtle Hazard is the first of three Guam-based Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) to transit to Hawaii from Guam, traveling 3,743 miles to undergo this crucial maintenance phase.

In just the past two years, the Myrtle Hazard crew patrolled a vast 1.9 million square nautical mile area traveling as far south as Australia, accruing over 23,000 nautical miles steamed. The cutter crew enhanced regional maritime security and strengthened international cooperation by participating as the deputy commodore's platform during a search and rescue exercise phase of Pacific Partnership 2022, the largest multinational humanitarian exercise in the Indo-Pacific. They also operationalized newly signed agreements by conducting historic bilateral boardings with Papua New Guinea, rescued mariners in dangerous sea conditions in the Northern Mariana Islands, and participated in critical operations escorting Department of Defense assets. The drydock maintenance is crucial for maintaining these high standards and ensuring the cutter's continued ability to perform such missions.

"Throughout the transit east, as we leapfrogged through the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands to reach Hawaii, this crew demonstrated extraordinary resilience and skill. Despite several engineering challenges that tested our capabilities, their steadfast commitment and proficient handling of all casualties ensured our safe and timely arrival for drydock maintenance. I am immensely proud of their dedication and professionalism, which continue to ensure our readiness and effectiveness in fulfilling our missions," said Lt. Emma Saunders, commanding officer of the USCGC Myrtle Hazard, on her first transit since assuming command.

Why Drydock is Essential

Drydock maintenance is vital for operational readiness, extending the cutter's service life, and ensuring the safety of its crew. It involves a series of comprehensive inspections and repairs the crew cannot perform while the vessel is waterborne. These include hull preservation, mechanical overhauls, and technological upgrades, all of which are crucial for maintaining the cutter's peak performance and safety standards.

Logistical Excellence and Risk Management

The logistical operation to transfer the cutter from Guam to Honolulu highlights the strategic planning and risk management necessary for this evolution. By proactively addressing maintenance needs, the team can meet operational commitments without compromising the safety or effectiveness of the fleet.

"Regular maintenance isn't just about keeping our ships in shape; it's about ensuring we're always ready to meet the challenges we face at sea. Working closely with Coast Guard District 14 and our logistics teams, we schedule these critical maintenance periods to keep our missions running smoothly without missing a beat. This careful planning ensures we're always there where we're needed most, from safeguarding our shores to ensuring maritime safety and security across the Pacific. It's a team effort, and every member of Team Guam plays a part in keeping our commitment strong and our presence steady in the waters we protect and the communities we serve." said Capt. Robert Kistner, emphasizing the critical role of regular maintenance.

Next Steps for Guam-Based FRCs

Following the Myrtle Hazard, the other two Guam-based FRCs, USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) and USCGC Frederick Hatch (WPC 1143), will undergo their respective drydock periods. This systematic approach ensures that all vessels maintain their operational capabilities and readiness. 

"We are committed to continuous improvement in maintenance practices, which is crucial for fulfilling our mission to protect and secure maritime interests in the Pacific," said Kistner. "We look forward to Myrtle Hazard's return this Fall."

Future Outlook

As Base Guam continues to come online under the command of Cmdr. Dana Hiatt and operators employ the recently established Operational Logistics Command Expeditionary Team (LOG-X) more frequently; the U.S. Coast Guard is exploring enhancements in local maintenance capabilities and infrastructure in the Pacific. This includes potential investments in existing and new purpose-built facilities for Team Guam, which are crucial for minimizing downtime and ensuring a ready fleet capable of meeting future challenges.

Myrtle Hazard, the 39th 154-foot Sentinel-class FRC, is named in honor of the first enlisted woman in the U.S. Coast Guard who served as an electrician and radio operator. As part of the Guam-based cutters, it is a cornerstone for the U.S. Coast Guard's ongoing commitment to the people of Oceania, focusing on maritime safety, security, and stewardship. 


About U.S. Coast Guard Team Guam
Comprising over 350 members, this team is focused on maritime safety, security, and stewardship in Oceania. U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam, U.S. Coast Guard Base Guam, and their sub-units are staffed by dedicated active-duty, reserve, and civilian personnel. With a significant presence in Guam, Saipan, and the Micronesia sub-region, this integrated team focuses on operations and logistics to support maritime safety, security, and stewardship in Oceania and maintains close ties with local communities. 

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