New Coast Guard cutter to be homeported at Kauai

HONOLULU (AP) — The Coast Guard’s new 87-foot cutter Kittiwake has arrived in

Hawaii to take up service at Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai.

The Kittiwake will

replace the 82-foot Vietnam-era patrol boat Point Evans, which was transferred

to the Philippine navy in December.

The main tasks of the new cutter will

been enforcement of maritime law and search and rescue missions in and around

the Hawaiian Islands, the Coast Guard said.

The Kittiwake arrived Friday at

Pearl Harbor from San Diego on the flight deck of the USS Essex. The amphibious

assault ship stopped off in Hawaii before heading to Japan.

The cutter will

sail to Kauai for its June 30 commissioning and a change of command

ceremony.

The Kittiwake has a top speed of 26 knots, making it 8 knots

faster than the Point Evans, and its modern hull design can withstand heavier

seas, the Coast Guard said.

The new cutter is equipped with

state-of-the-art technology, and has quarters for a mixed-gender crew of 10

people.

In addition, the Kittiwake is in compliance with all current and

projected environmental protection laws, the Coast Guard said.

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