The U.S. Coast Guard Sentinel-class cutter, USCGC John F. McCormick (WPC-1121) conducted joint customs operations with a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforcement officer five miles offshore of Dixon Entrance Saturday.
The purpose of the operation was to monitor the safety and security of mariners transiting the area as well as ensuring proper completion of customs documentation when entering U.S. territorial waters.
“We want to identify northbound vessels and ensure proper reporting requirements so that we may properly vet passengers and crew for prior violations,” said Gilbert Varela, CBP enforcement officer.
“Working with our partner agencies is essential in understanding each others roles when conducting law enforcement missions and prepares us for future events,” said Lt. Mike Moyseowicz, commanding officer of the cutter John McCormick. “The Coast Guard is committed to patrolling our maritime borders to ensure safety and compliance at all times.”
Dixon Entrance is a strait in the Pacific Ocean at the Canada and United States border.
USCGC John F. McCormick (WPC-1121)
USCGC John F. McCormick (WPC-1121) is the United States Coast Guard’s 21st Sentinel-class cutter (Fast Response Cutter, FRC), and the first to be stationed in Alaska, where homeported at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan.
The namesake of the vessel is John F. McCormick, a Coast Guard seaman who earned a Gold lifesaving medal for saving the life of fellow Coast Guard sailor, Richard O. Bracken, off Clatsop Spit, near the treacherous Columbia River bar.
The vessel’s manufacturer, Bollinger Shipyards, of Lockport, Louisiana, delivered the ship to the Coast Guard on December 13, 2016, for her acceptance trials, and then John F. McCormick was commissioned on April 12, 2017 in Ketchikan, Alaska.
The Sentinel-class cutters are lightly armed patrol vessels with a crew of approximately two dozen sailors, capable of traveling almost 3,000 nautical miles, on five day missions. The cutter is a multi-mission vessel intended to perform law enforcement, search and rescue, fisheries and environmental protection, and homeland security tasks.
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska