Coast Guard's Joint Arctic Missions Support
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell (WMEC 909) relieved the U.S.
Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma (WMEC 908) on Arctic patrol, August 23,
2020 near Greenland.
"I've been doing this for more than 33 years and thought I'd seen
everything until I saw how positively this crew responded. There's
nothing more humbling than being surrounded by such a great crew.
Their families and friends should all be proud of them; that they
accomplished something important and accomplished it with style.
They represented themselves, their families, their Service, and
their country as well as could ever be expected. The finest
traditions of the Coast Guard are alive and well within the Tahoma
crew," said Cmdr. Eric Johnson, commanding officer, Tahoma.
"The Coast Guard has been in the Arctic for over 150
years," said Capt. Thomas Crane, commanding officer, Campbell. "This
signature exercise began in 2007. We are committed to enhancing our
multinational capability to operate effectively in the dynamic
Arctic domain, strengthening the rules-based order through the
presence and joint efforts, and adapting to promote regional
resilience and prosperity. We are proud to bring USCGC Campbell back
to Greenland as the previous Campbell (W32) supported Coastal
Operations in and around Greenland during World War II."
The Coast Guard is primarily supporting Nanook-Tuugalik, a defense readiness and security exercise, with multiple foreign partners off Northern Canada involving U.S. Navy 2nd Fleet, Royal Canadian navy and coast guard, the Danish navy, French navy, Royal Canadian air force, and multiple Canadian federal, state, local, and tribal agencies. This year crowns a decade of Operation Nanook.
Tahoma and Campbell participated in Operation Argus, a three-day search and rescue exercise in Greenland's coastal search area with the Danish navy, French navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Air Greenland. Campbell will also conduct exchanges, fisheries boardings to safeguard resources and protect domestic fisheries and serve as a platform for research and innovation.
"We continue to work with our allies and partners to ensure a safe, secure, and cooperative Arctic, even as our aspiring near-peer competitors maneuver for strategic advantage in the area," said Vice Adm. Steven Poulin, commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area. "We are leaning forward, and our persistent presence continues to counter those entities' efforts as the strategic value, economic, and scientific importance of the Arctic grows."
Campbell's home port is the historic Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in
Kittery, Maine. Both cutters have a crew of roughly 100 who
regularly patrol the Atlantic from Canada to the Caribbean. Like the
other Famous-class cutters, they are designed and built for
multi-mission operations, including law enforcement, search and
rescue, marine environmental protection, and defense readiness.