DVIDS – News – USCGC Myrtle Hazard (WPC 1139) starts first drydock maintenance in Honolulu

SANTA RITA, Guam – The crew of the USCGC Myrtle Hazard (WPC 1139) arrived in Honolulu on May 28, 2024, marking a major milestone as it enters its initial maintenance period of approximately four and a half months in dry dock.

Set to enter service in 2021, the Myrtle Hazard is the first of three Guam-based Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) that will travel from Guam to Hawaii and travel 6,000 kilometers to undergo this critical maintenance phase.

Over the past two years, Myrtle Hazard’s crew has patrolled a vast area of ​​1.9 million square nautical miles as far south as Australia, covering more than 23,000 steamed nautical miles. The cutter crew improved regional maritime security and strengthened international cooperation by participating as the deputy commodore’s platform during a search and rescue exercise phase of Pacific Partnership 2022, the largest multinational humanitarian exercise in the Indo-Pacific. They also operationalized newly signed agreements by conducting historic bilateral detentions with Papua New Guinea, rescuing sailors in dangerous sea conditions in the Northern Mariana Islands, and participating in critical operations escorting Department of Defense assets. Drydock maintenance is critical to maintaining these high standards and ensuring the cutter can continue to undertake such missions.

“During the eastward transit, as we jumped through the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands to reach Hawaii, this crew showed extraordinary resilience and skill. Despite several technical challenges that tested our capabilities, their steadfast efforts and skillful handling of all casualties ensured that we arrived safely and on time for dry dock maintenance. I am extremely proud of their dedication and professionalism, which continues to ensure our readiness and effectiveness in fulfilling our missions,” said Lt. Emma Saunders, USCGC Myrtle Hazard commander. during her first transit since taking command.

Why dry dock is essential

Drydock maintenance is essential to operational readiness, extending cutter life and ensuring crew safety. It involves a series of extensive inspections and repairs that the crew cannot perform while the ship is on the water. These include hull preservation, mechanical overhauls and technology upgrades, all of which are crucial to maintaining the cutter’s top performance and safety standards.

Logistical excellence and risk management

The logistics operation to transfer the cutter from Guam to Honolulu underlines the strategic planning and risk management required for this evolution. By proactively responding to maintenance needs, the team can meet operational obligations without compromising the safety or effectiveness of the fleet.

“Regular maintenance is not just about keeping our ships in shape; it’s about ensuring that we are always ready to meet the challenges we face at sea. Working closely with Coast Guard District 14 and our logistics teams, we plan these critical maintenance periods to ensure our missions run smoothly without missing a beat. This careful planning ensures we are always where we are needed most, from protecting our coasts to ensuring maritime safety and security in the Pacific. It is a team effort, and every member of Team Guam plays a role in keeping our commitment strong and our presence stable in the waters we protect and the communities we serve,” said Capt. Robert Kistner, adding emphasized the crucial role of regular maintenance.

Next steps for Guam-based FRCs

Following the Myrtle Hazard, the other two Guam-based FRCs, USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) and USCGC Frederick Hatch (WPC 1143), will undergo their respective drydock periods. This systematic approach ensures that all ships maintain their operational capabilities and readiness.

“We are committed to continuously improving maintenance practices, which is critical to fulfilling our mission to protect and secure maritime interests in the Pacific,” Kistner said. “We look forward to the return of Myrtle Hazard this fall.”

Looking ahead

As Base Guam continues to come online under the command of Cmdr. Dana Hiatt and operators are increasing their use of the recently established Operational Logistics Command Expeditionary Team (LOG-X); the U.S. Coast Guard is exploring improvements to local maintenance capabilities and infrastructure in the Pacific. This includes potential investments in existing and new purpose-built facilities for Team Guam, which are critical to minimizing downtime and ensuring a fleet ready to meet future challenges.

Myrtle Hazard, the 39th 144-foot Sentinel-class FRC, is named in honor of the first woman to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving as an electrician and radio operator. As part of the Guam-based cutters, it is a cornerstone for the U.S. Coast Guard’s ongoing commitment to the people of Oceania, focusing on maritime safety, security and stewardship.


About the US Coast Guard Team Guam
This team consists of more than 350 members and focuses on maritime safety, security and stewardship in Oceania. U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam, U.S. Coast Guard Base Guam and their subunits are staffed by dedicated active duty, reserve and civilian personnel. With a significant presence in Guam, Saipan and the Micronesia sub-region, this integrated team focuses on operations and logistics in support of maritime safety, security and stewardship in Oceania and maintains close ties with local communities.

For more information, contact CWO Sara Muir at [email protected] or [email protected]

Date of recording: 06.03.2024
Date posted: 06.03.2024 18:45
Story ID: 472842

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