Coast Guard Cutter Munro Returns From 22,000 Nautical Mile Mission

U.S. Coast Guard members aboard the cutter Munro prepare to fire M4 carbine during a gunnery exercise in the Western Pacific Ocean, Sept. 22, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Kevin G. Rivas.

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard cutter Munro are bringing the vessel into its homeport at Almeda, California, today at the conclusion of a 102-day 22,000 nautical mile multi-mission deployment in support of United States Indo-Pacific Command.

The vessel departed in July to begin the patrol of military operations in the region.

The mission was to a 150-year role of the Coast Guard in the Indo-Pacific region in support of U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives in the Indo-Pacific Strategy and the National Security Strategy. The Coast Guard routinely provides forces in joint military operations worldwide, including deployment of cutters, boats, aircraft and deployable specialized forces.

The Munro, one of four Coast Guard legend class national security cutters. National security cutters are 418-afeet long, 54-feet wide and have a 4,600 long-ton displacement. They have a top speed in excess of 28 knots with a range of 12k000 nautical miles, endurance of up to 90 days and can hold a crew of up to 170 people.

The Munro is the second cutter named for Signalman First Class Douglas A Munro, the only Coast Guardsman to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Since 2018, three other Coast Guard cutters have been deployed to the Western Pacific, including the Bertholf, Stratton and Waesche.