Working for Coast Guard District 14, MUNRO conducted fisheries enforcement efforts in the vast Central Pacific waters, a region that sees limited Coast Guard presence. MUNRO conducted several boardings of U. S. Distant Water Tuna Fleet vessels, a fleet which covers thousands of square miles of fishing grounds. This marked the first at-sea boarding for some of these vessels in over three years. At sea boardings are critical to ensure compliance with fisheries and safety of life at sea regulations. During the boarding of one vessel, the boarding team facilitated the release of several false killer whales entangled in the vessel’s purse seine.
Following the patrol, MUNRO returned to Honolulu for Tailored Ship’s Training Availability, a rigorous three week undertaking during which the crew is evaluated on a multitude of simulated scenarios. Over 130 drills were completed, encompassing all possible shipboard emergencies from fires and flooding to man overboard recovery and battle scenarios. The crew scored an outstanding average of 97%, a rewarding result of months of preparation.
The final portion of the deployment consisted of a dockside maintenance period in Honolulu. The crew worked arduously on numerous projects to improve the condition of the aging cutter. Some of the larger projects included applying a fresh coat of paint to the hull, resurfacing deteriorating exterior decks, and correcting several equipment casualties.
Additionally, through their exemplary support of the 2014 Hawaii Special Olympics Summer Games, MUNRO’s crew left a positive lasting impression on the Honolulu community. Over 40 crewmembers participated and provided over 250 volunteer hours to help with myriad tasks to include: registering of athletes, security, serving meals, post event cleanups, and setting up/breaking down athletic equipment. Their efforts drew high praise from the Director of Volunteer and Corporate Relations, Ms. Cindy Ujimori. So impressed with the efforts and enthusiasm of MUNRO’s crew, Ms. Ujimori requested MUNRO’s services at future games despite the cutter being home ported in Kodiak, Alaska.
After over three months away from home, MUNRO arrived back in Kodiak to family and friends eagerly waiting on the pier to welcome them home. Captain Jeff Thomas, Commanding Officer of MUNRO was extremely pleased with the crew’s performance and enthusiasm throughout this lengthy deployment. He stated, “They surpassed all expectations and their resiliency and commitment to our nation serve as an excellent example for others to follow”.