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USCG Cutter Bear returns home after 74 days of deployment


The crew of USCGC Bear (WMEC 901) returned to their home port of Portsmouth on Tuesday after a 74-day patrol in the northern regions of the Atlantic Ocean.

During the deployment, Bear traveled more than 10,000 nautical miles while simultaneously working in tandem with allied and partner nations as part of Operation Nanook Naval Convoy, a flagship military exercise coordinated by the Canadian Armed Forces. Bear also conducted a living marine resources enforcement patrol for commercial fishing vessels as part of the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization, ensuring compliance with federal regulations while protecting natural resources.

For approximately two weeks, U.S., Canadian, Danish, and French forces navigated the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean conducting multiple training evolutions that included search and rescue exercises, close quarters maneuvers, fleet steam and shooting exercises. Additionally, personnel from Marine Security Response Team East, a specialized Coast Guard law enforcement unit, are embedded in Bear to practice their capabilities and help improve training programs for other nations.

At the end of Operation Nanook, Bear docked in Nuuk, Greenland for three days, hosting the first public tours by a U.S. Coast Guard asset in more than four years for local residents.

“Bear’s deployment was a unique opportunity to train with partners and allies while visiting remote locations,” said Cmdr. Brooke Millard, commander of Bear. “From close quarters maneuvers in iceberg patches to navigating the fjords of Labrador, Bear’s crew performed well.”

Bear is a 270ft medium endurance cutter based in Portsmouth with 100 crew. The cutter’s primary mission areas include homeland security, law enforcement, drug enforcement, search and rescue, migrant interdiction, and fisheries enforcement in support of the operations of the US Coast Guard throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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