The US Naval Institute has made their annual review of Coast Guard activities available to the general public. You can read it here.
While it is not “news,” I was a little surprised, considering the audience, that there was no mention of the continued forward deployment of Coast Guard Patrol Forces South West Asia, PATFORSWA, and their six Island class patrol boats stationed in Bahrain.
I had seen most of this information in various places before, but there was one tidbit in the report I had not heard before,
“The Stratton deployed for the entire RIMPAC exercise with an embarked Navy H-60 Seahawk and aviation detachment. Successfully completing this deployment was a significant milestone. It was the first extended Navy aviation deployment on board a U.S. Coast Guard cutter…”
Now did we have magazine and storage for their weapons, ammunition, and expendables? Not clear if this was the Romeo (ASW) or Sierra (General Purpose/ASuW) version of H-60.
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