Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless returns home
Posted by PA3 Richard Brahm, Monday, April 16, 2012
Written by: Ens. Eric Hudson
While patrolling the Gulf of Mexico the crew of the Dauntless successfully executed a multitude of missions ranging from the protection of living marine resources to a patrol of the exclusive economic zone.
Protecting the U.S. EEZ and key areas of the high seas is an important mission for the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard enforces fisheries laws at sea, as tasked by the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act.
- 14 boarding’s and inspections of fishing vessels
- 28 inspections of “Turtle Exclusionary Devices”
- 5 inspections of “By-catch Reduction Devices”
- 181 helicopter evolutions including day and night operations
- A law enforcement patrol along the U.S. / Mexico EEZ
“The Cutter’s goal was to ensure registered fishermen had the appropriate safety and fishing gear that met NOAA and Coast Guard specifications and requirements,” stated Ens. Eric Husdon.
“Throughout the patrol, the ship’s crew enhanced their readiness through a strict shipboard training regimen,” said Husdon, operations officer for the Dauntless. “The crew exercised frequent drills involving shipboard engineering, gunnery, command and control, firefighting, navigation, and small boat handling.”