Coast Guard Cutter Sherman pulled into Kodiak this week, concluding its 45-day
patrol of the Bering Sea. During its
most recent mission, the Sherman
engaged primarily in red king crab fisheries enforcement, while standing by for
search and rescue operations. KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
Captain Matt Bliven, who has been at
the helm of the Sherman for one-and-a-half
years, described the Sherman's latest Alaska mission.
-- (Bliven 1 51 sec "We
were assigned ... out on the water each day.")
Bliven said the law enforcement
crew of the Sherman is primarily trained for
counter-narcotics and anti-terrorism missions off the coast of Central and
South America and that additional training in fisheries enforcement is required
when coming to Alaska.
-- (Bliven 2 50 sec "We
will board ... doing the fisheries mission.")
of the Sherman boarded
a total of 14 vessels during the patrol, often operating under extreme weather conditions.
Bliven said the Sherman
was fortunate to encounter only 6 or 7 major storms on the most recent mission.
-- (Bliven 3 36 sec "When
the low pressure ... we're out there as well.")
Bliven said that while the Sherman was prepared to
conduct search and rescue operations, no such cases arose during the patrol. The
Sherman, which will embark for its homeport of Alameda, California
soon, is scheduled to arrive home on December 23, just in time for crewmembers
to celebrate Christmas. Bliven said he expects the Sherman
to be back in Alaska
in the Spring, when it may be involved in patrols along the maritime boundary
line. I'm Erik Wander.