C.G. most advanced cutter arrives in Kodiak

Coast Guard cutter Bertholf crewmembers prepare to moor at Coast Guard Base Kodiak Thursday. This is the first time the 418-foot national security cutter has come to Alaska. It will patrol for two months in Alaska waters. (U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally photo)

The Coast Guard cutter Bertholf, the largest, most technically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, moored in Kodiak Thursday in preparation for its first Alaska patrol.

While in Kodiak, the Bertholf crew is scheduled to attend fishery training at the North Pacific Regional Fishery Training Center in preparation for conducting fishery boardings and enforcing maritime regulations in the Bering Sea.

“We are excited to train the crew of the Bertolf as they embark on their first Alaskan patrol,” said Lt. Conor Sullivan, commanding officer of NPRFTC. “They will receive training on federal fisheries enforcement, endangered species protection and commercial fishing vessel safety regulations. We will also be deploying several ship-riders to provide hands-on training and assessments while the cutter is under way.”

Other training provided by the NPRFTC will aid the crew of the Bertolf in becoming knowledgeable about international high seas drift nets and illegal unregulated unreported fishing enforcement, the maritime boundary line, Alaska fish identification, and particular fishing vessel identification.

At 418 feet in length, speeds of up to 28 knots and a crew compliment of 108, the Legend-class cutter is capable of better sea-keeping and higher sustained speeds, as well as greater endurance than legacy cutters. In addition to a helicopter deck, the vessel has a stern ramp for launching and recovering their small boat.

While in Kodiak, the Bertolf will not be open for tours, but plans to host public visits at a future date.

The Bertholf is homeported in Alameda, Calif.

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