Coast Guard crew earns Veterans Day return

Coast Guard crew earns Veterans Day return

Michele Ellson

Photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie.

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf were greeted by family and friends in Alameda this Veteran's Day upon their return from a 144-day deployment. The cutter set out for Hawaii on June 20 to participate in Rim of the Pacific 2012, which the Coast Guard billed in a press release as "the world’s largest naval exercise." In addition to participating in the exercise, the Bertholf, which was the Coast Guard's first national security cutter, conducted community outreach and some enforcement activities.

“We pressed the multi-mission capabilities of the National Security Cutter in the world’s largest maritime exercise, in the harshest of maritime environments in the Arctic, and in the Bering Sea ensuring regulation and safety of the Deadliest Catch Crab fleet,” Capt. Thomas Crabbs, commanding officer Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, was quoted as saying in the release.

PHOTOS

1. Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Mason, stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf which is homeported in Alameda, Calif., holds his arms out as his 15-month-old son Owen takes his first steps toward his father on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

2. Petty Officer 1st Class Juan Plata (left), stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf which is homeported in Alameda, Calif., spends time with his 2-year-old daughter Alexis on Veterans' Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

3. Family and friends were on hand to greet loved ones stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf.