The Legend-class U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro and its crew are currently deployed on a months-long mission in support of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, with plans to have exchanges and capacity-building exercises with partners and allies, and also patrol in the area.
The cutter’s deployment to the Indo-Pacific theater aligns with the Integrated All-Domain Naval Power of the Naval Service.
“An increased presence throughout the Indo-Pacific strengthens our alliances and partnerships through improved interoperability, which will enhance regional stability, promote rules-based order, and improve maritime governance and security in the region and globally,” said Vice Adm. Michael F. McAllister commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area.
The cutter’s mandate ranges from search and rescue to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as well as augmenting naval operations in theater, according to the Coast Guard.
The Munro, commissioned in 2017, is one of four Coast guard legend class national security cutters homeported in Alameda, Calif. The cutters have a top speed in excess of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, endurance of up to 90 days and can hold a crew of up to 170 people.
The vessel is the second cutter named for former Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, the only Coast Guardsman awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.