Coast Guard Cutter Stone's First Patrol
Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir
January 5, 2021
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stone (WMSL 758) departed from Pascagoula,
Mississippi on December 22, 2020 for a multi-month deployment to the
South Atlantic countering illegal, unregulated, and unreported
fishing, while strengthening relationships for maritime sovereignty
and security throughout the region.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stone (WMSL 758) departs from Pascagoula, Mississippi on December 22, 2020 for a multi-month deployment to the South Atlantic countering illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, while strengthening relationships for maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region. (Image created by U.S. Patriotism from U.S. Coast Guard video.)
The brand new Legend-class national security cutter, one
of the U.S. Coast Guard’s flagships, will provide a presence and
support national security objectives throughout the Atlantic. This
patrol is the cutter’s initial shakedown cruise following its
delivery in November.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stone is
also conducting the service’s first patrol to
South America in recent memory, engaging partners including Guyana,
Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Portugal. The cutter also embarked
an observer from the Portuguese navy for the operation’s duration.
Operation Southern Cross is conducted in conjunction with U.S.
Southern Command, charged with managing operations in Central and
South America by working collaboratively to ensure the Western
Hemisphere is secure, free, and prosperous.
Flight crew members from U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile maintain and inspect their MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter on the USCGC Stone (WMSL 758) off Florida on December 27, 2020. The helicopter crew trained with the Stone’s crew members to certify the Stone’s flight deck and help train the crew in helicopter operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Hightower)
2020, the Coast Guard released the Illegal, Unregulated, and
Unreported Fishing Strategic Outlook, which reaffirms our commitment
to global maritime security, regional stability, and economic
"The U.S. Coast Guard is committed to
the protection of living marine resources. IUU fishing threatens
fish stock's health and adversely impacts those who follow global
norms and national laws. This is a global issue, and IUU is a
problem too big for any one nation. Only by working together can we
protect livelihoods, ensure ports remain economically productive,
and support and sustainable fisheries industry. Stone's patrol
demonstrates our commitment to the established rules-based order
while addressing IUU fishing wherever a Coast Guard cutter is
deployed." Vice Adm. Steven Poulin, commander of U.S. Coast
Guard Atlantic Area.
“I am very proud of the professional men
and women I serve alongside. It is no easy feat to assemble a crew
and ready a cutter for sea – but this crew has had to perform this
difficult task while observing protective measures associated with
the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. The crew and I look forward to this
historic first voyage, as Stone begins a storied career of service
to this nation. While balancing training and qualification
requirements, Stone’s crew will engage with partner nations in South
America in a like-minded pursuit to curb illegal fishing tactics.” Capt. Adam Morrison, commanding officer of USCGC Stone (WMSL
Nearly half the
world’s population relies on fish for 20 percent of their animal
protein. IUU fishing removes access to this valuable protein source,
particularly to the most vulnerable coastal States.
first sale value of global fish production in 2018 stands at $401
billion. IUU Fishing results in tens of billions of dollars of lost
revenue to legal fishers every year.
Of the world’s top
marine fish stocks, 93 percent classified as fully exploited,
overexploited, or significantly depleted. IUU fishing undermines the
sustainable management of these resources, pushing them to the
limits of their capacity.
namesake is U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Elmer “Archie” Fowler Stone.
On April 10, 1917, he became the Coast Guard’s first aviator
upon graduating from flight training at Pensacola, Florida.
In 1919, Stone was one of two pilots to successfully make a
transatlantic flight in a U.S. Navy seaplane, NC-4, which landed in
NSCs are 418 feet (127 meters) long with a
54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a
top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60
days, and a crew of around 120.
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