News: Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crew completes fisheries training in Kodiak, Alaska
Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley conducted training at the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center in Kodiak June 9-13.
Several new personnel were in attendance, but many were regulars to the challenges of conducting law enforcement operations in the unforgiving Alaskan waters.
The Alex Haley's crew completed training on fisheries regulations, living marine resource protection, and commercial fishing vessel safety regulations.
"The NPRFTC is critical to cutter crews,” said Lt. Dave Gilbert, operations officer aboard the Alex Haley. “The expertise that the instructors provide to our people helps us detect and prevent incursions by foreign fishing vessels into our exclusive economic zone and helps us identify safety and fishing violations at sea. What I like most is that the center emphasizes cutters having a positive mariner-to-mariner exchange with the fleet. Despite regularly deploying to the Bering Sea, our team can always use the superb training they provide."
The Alex Haley, nicknamed the “Bulldog of the Bering,” is a 282-foot medium endurance cutter home-ported in Kodiak. Its crew is charged with patrolling Alaskan waters, the Arctic and north Pacific Ocean ensuring the safety and security of mariners and Alaskans. The crew’s primary missions are homeland security, search and rescue and law enforcement.
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