Sunday, September 03, 2006

Cutter Galveston Island Swaps Guam For Honolulu Homeport

The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island's crew sailed the 110-foot patrol boat into Honolulu Harbor following a two-week transit from Guam. As one of the Fourteenth District's Pacific guardians, the Galveston Island carried out the Coast Guard's operational missions of maritime safety, marine environmental protection, law enforcement, and national security in the Marianas.
USCGC Galveston Island (WPB 1349)
The Galveston Island was transferred to Honolulu when the Honolulu-based Washington and Assateague, also 110-foot patrol boats, were transferred to Guam. The 16-person crew of the Galveston Island switched cutters with the crew of the Washington. The Assateague's 16-person crew and their families were transferred to Guam. The Galveston Island and its crew were escorted for the open ocean voyage by the Coast Guard buoytender Kukui. Midway through the transit, the two cutters were diverted for four days to assist in the search for four missing fisherman from Pohnpei.
USCGC Kukui (WLB-203)
The cutters then stopped in Majuro to support several community projects before continuing to Honolulu. While en route here, the cutters has to sail southeast to avoid Hurricane Ioke.

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