U.S. Coast Guard Cutter visits Barbados

A man in uniform shakes hands with a womanThe United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Winslow Griesser will pay a visit to Barbados to conduct operations in conjunction with the Barbados Coast Guard. The cutter’s mission is to conduct interdictions against illicit maritime trafficking activities throughout the Eastern Caribbean during June.

The cutter was met in Barbados on June 25 by the Senior Defense Official at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Commander Christopher Boes, and officials from the government of Barbados.

The ship’s visit marks the beginning of future operations in the Eastern Caribbean by USCG cutters based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as part of a larger strategy to combat transnational crime networks, secure borders, and safeguard commerce.

Commander Boes said that strategy hinges upon intelligence sharing with partner nations in the region, as well as stepped-up patrols by cutters like the Winslow Griesser. “An offshore capability that maintains operational and persistent presence across the high-risk areas of the Eastern Caribbean is an essential component in achieving success in reaching these goals,” Commander Boes said.

The 154-foot-long USCGC Winslow Griesser has a maximum sustained speed of 28 knots, making it ideally suited to fast-response interdiction operations. With a stabilized 25mm machine gun mount and four .50-caliber machine guns, the ship is a formidable deterrent to illicit trafficking. The Winslow Griesser is one of 16 such fast-response cutters deployed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Each fast-response cutter is named for a Coast Guard enlisted hero. This vessel is named after Capt. Winslow Griesser, who served as a member of the U.S. Life-Saving Service during the late 1800s and early 1900s at four lifesaving stations on the Great Lakes, including as keeper of three of the stations.

View photos of the cutter’s visit to Barbados here.