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Acushnet returns home from February patrol


March 04, 2004
Thursday - 1:10 am

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Coast Guard cutter Acushnet and its crew returned home Tuesday after patrolling the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for 30 days.

While underway, the Acushnet crew secured the homeland's maritime boarders and enforced U.S. federal laws and regulations for safety and fishing, especially with the closing and opening of many February fisheries including halibut.


Cutter Acushnet patrols the Bering Sea.  It's crew enforces U.S. law at the Maritime Boundary Line, Gulf of Alaska, and Bering Sea.
Official U.S. Coast Guard file photo

The cutter departed Ketchikan Feb. 2nd for Kodiak where boarding team personnel attended the U.S. Coast Guard North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center for three days.  Working through the weekend, this school provided the boarding teams with training to ensure the boarding personnel were up to date on the fisheries regulations that the Coast Guard enforces to protect vital resources.

Feb. 5th, Acushnet crewmembers officially celebrated the cutter's 60th year of service to the nation.  While on patrol, Acushnet and its crew received birthday wishes from Vice Adm. Terry Cross, Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander, and Rear Admiral James Underwood, Commander, 17th Coast Guard District.

After the Kodiak training, Acushnet proceeded to the Aleutian Chain and Bering Sea, patrolling areas from Sand Point to the Pribilof Islands.  Acushnet also rendezvoused with the Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley, based in Kodiak, to perform a test of the cutters' operational sensors.

During this patrol, Coast Guard Headquarters announced the winners of the Coast Guard Excellence in Food Service Awards for 2003.  Acushnet won in the Medium Afloat Cutters category for the third consecutive year-a first for any Coast Guard unit.

"Acushnet's Galley team had the Galley of the Year recipe down, but knew the only way to stay on top was to keep moving forward with continuous improvements," said Ensign Bernard Auth, an operations officer aboard Acushnet.

"In the highly competitive Medium Afloat class, complacency would not bring Acushnet a third consecutive Galley of the Year," said Auth.  "So from the day ACUSHNET accepted the 2002 Galley of the Year Award, Acushnet's galley team worked to improve the on board dining experience for their shipmates.  All cutters in the hunt for Galley of the Year honors were inspected and Acushnet received its surprise inspection on a weekend shortly after returning from its November-December 2003 patrol.  The inspectors sampled a meal, checked records to ensure completeness, and inspected the galley's sanitation.

Food Services Specialist Chief Petty Officer Michael Risinger and Seaman Charles Johnson will go to Denver, Colo. to receive the Galley of the Year Award on behalf of Acushnet.  The award will be presented at the Joint Military Food Service Awards Program and Training Symposium later this year.  Two other members of Acushnet's galley team responsible for this award are Food Services Specialist Third Class Petty Officer Thomas Eli and Food Services Specialist Seaman Doug Wright.  The dining experience continues to be a very important source of morale onboard a cutter and it is no easy task providing a hot, meal in rough seas with shifting schedules due to the operational needs of the 60-year-old Acushnet. 

Acushnet took a break in Seward. 

"This was the first trip to Seward for most of the crew and Acushnet appreciated Seward's hospitality and nearby skiing and shopping.  Acushnet concluded the February patrol by ensuring a level playing field for fishermen involved in the opening of this year's Individual Fishing Quota season in the Gulf of Alaska.


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United States Coast Guard
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