USCG Cutter Sequoia Pays a Call on Pohnpei

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Kolonida, Pohnpei- United States Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia made a port call to Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, on the morning of March 30 to conduct a joint law enforcement exchange with the Federated States of Micronesia National Maritime Police.

The Port called was also made to reinforce the bilateral agreement for fisheries enforcement between the two sovereigns.

Sequoia hosted a reception upon arrival and had the pleasure of welcoming a number of US and foreign dignitaries. The crew provided a traditional Chamorro meal for Ambassador Peter Prahar (U.S.A.), Ambassador Eichii Suzuki (Japan), and Ambassador Martin Quinn (Australia).

In additional, Micronesian Lieutenant Governor Marcelo Peterson of Pohnpei State and his staff were onboard to see and interact with the ship and her crew.

The following day, Sequoia provided tours for over 300 students from Kolonia School, Awak School, Calvary Christian Academy, The College of Micronesia, and Ohmine Elementary School. Petty Officers Jared Barnes and Patrick Kimmel led the students through a bow-to-stern tour of Sequoia, highlighting her unique mission capabilities and her upcoming mission of humanitarian support to the outer atolls of Micronesia. The tours gave children a snapshot of a day in the life of a Coastguardsman and see the equipment used to maintain aids to navigation and enforce law on the high seas.

Sequoia, based on Guam, is manned by a crew of seven officers and 47 enlisted personnel. It is the 15th Juniper Class sea-going buoy tender and the 10th “B-Class” cutter built by Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wisc. Sequoia’s primary missions are maintaining aids to navigation, search and rescue, law enforcement, marine environmental protection and homeland security. It is 225-feet long with twin diesel engine propulsion, bow and stern thrusters and advanced maneuverability capabilities that make it the worlds premier buoy-tending platform.