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Coast Guard Cutter Washington: "Living up to the highest traditions of the world's finest Coast Guard"

The Admiral John B. Hayes Award is presented to the unit within the Pacific Area that, by its overall achievement, best demonstrates a commitment to excellence and professionalism embodied in the traditions and lore of the United States Coast Guard.  This year that award goes to the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter WASHINGTON, home ported in Guam.  Demonstrating excellence at every turn, WASHINGTON executed countless diverse missions in a remote area of responsibility.  

  In 2013, the crew of the WASHINGTON executed six Search and Rescue cases and assisted in saving 23 lives.   They maintained consistent law enforcement presence throughout their area of responsibility, conducting over 100 boardings, made two humanitarian delivers and participated in a multi-national Pacific patrol boat operation.WASHINGTON’s crew continues to push the envelope to advance Coast Guard missions, 110’ employment concepts, and U.S. presence in the vast Western Pacific.  They uphold the Coast Guard’s long tradition of determination in the face of challenge and, in doing so, highlighted the very finest attributes of the human spirit. 


LT Nathan Mackenzie, Commanding Officer of the USCGC Washington and MKC Anthony Harris accepted the award at the Pacific Area Awards dinner in San Francisco on April 17, 2014.

"This award truly belongs to my outstanding crew; we’ve been in the worst of times, never wavered in their commitment to their service, each other, or the mission.  Washington had a banner year for search and rescue, helping to save 23 lives in some pretty remote areas of the deep blue Pacific.  In each of those cases, they were marked by countless acts of unwavering courage and heroism by every single member of my crew.  They are a small but determined bunch however this award calls to mind a different set of accomplishments for which I am no less proud of the boys who sail that mighty little ship.  I think about the boating safety courses we taught in remote locations, our humanitarian deliveries to the many small islands we’ve come to know so well, our efforts to learn about other cultures and share our own, and our partnerships and friendships forged with sister agencies in Guam, and throughout Micronesia. 

Though Guam may seem small and remote, I can assure you that the Coast Guard missions remain the Coast Guard missions no matter where you are.   And it’s often those remote places that need us the most.   So Chief Harris and I humbly accept this award tonight not only for our ship and our crew, but for all of those Coasties in far-flung places.  Adapting to their surroundings, doing great things and living up to the highest traditions and most valiant lore of the world’s finest Coast Guard.Thank you to the Coast Guard Foundation for honoring us tonight and thank you all for your support to our men and women in blue."

Pictured above:  RADM Karl Schultz, Ms. Paige Vincent, LT Nathan MacKenzie, MKC Anthony Harris, Ms. Maria Harris, VADM-Select Charles Ray.


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