SANTA RITA, Guam—U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sequoia returned to Guam on Aug. 28 after being away from its homeport for the past seven months.
Family members of the crew met the cutter as it pulled up to the pier at Naval Base Guam. Cheers, claps, hugs, and smiles were in order as loved ones and friends were finally reunited. For many of the crew, the cutter’s arrival was their first opportunity to see the beauty of the island and homeport.
Sequoia spent the last seven months in Bellingham, Washington, receiving much needed maintenance and repairs to the ship’s propulsion plant and hull, including overhauls of the main engines, generators, and hydraulic equipment as well as critical hull repairs, rust removal projects, and a fresh coat of paint. The crew worked diligently, often putting in 12 hour days, to manage and effect repairs necessary to get the cutter back to sea and continuing to perform its’ missions throughout Micronesia.
The Sequoia is a 225-foot ocean-going buoy tender. The vessel has a crew of 52, consisting of nine officers and 43 enlisted. The cutter’s main mission is Aids to Navigation (ATON), but the crew is also trained to perform missions in search and rescue, law enforcement, and maritime environmental protection. The Sequoia is charged with maintaining ATON in and around Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. (USCG)