US sends Legend-class Coast Guard cutter to Western Pacific

The United States has sent one of its Coast Guard Legend-class cutters also known as National Security Cutter (NSC), USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750) for a patrol in the Western Pacific Ocean. The send off ceremony was held on January 20 in Alameda, California.

“The United States is a Pacific nation,” Coast Guard Pacific Area commander Vice Admiral Linda Fagan said.

“We have deep and long-standing ties with our partners in the region, and more importantly, we share a strong commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, governed by a rules-based international system that promotes peace, security, prosperity and sovereignty of all nations,” she explained.

Bertholf will be operating in support of United States Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). She will engage in professional exchanges and capacity building with partner nations.

“Security abroad equals security at home,” said Fagan. “Enhancing our partners’ capabilities is a force multiplier in combating transnational criminal and terrorist organizations and deterring our adversaries.”