COCHIN, India (NNS) -- U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell (WHEC 719) departed Cochin, India, Feb. 20 after a three-day visit.
During their visit, Boutwell's crew of 180 Coast Guardsmen had a chance to engage with the public, participate in formal receptions and experience the unique culture of India.
Boutwell's crew assisted in a community service project refurbishing the Good Hope Relief Home. They also took part in a friendly game of basketball with the Indian Coast Guard.
Boutwell's commanding officer, Capt. Kevin J. Cavanaugh, as well as various members of the ship's command cadre, attended cultural events and other presentations hosted by the Indian Coast Guard.
Boutwell hosted a formal reception aboard the cutter to share some of the highlights of U.S. culture with their Indian counterparts. The last day of the visit had the Indian Coast Guard and Boutwell conduct joint training exercises for search and rescue and anti-piracy enforcement.
"I was pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with our Indian partners, enhancing our ability to promote maritime safety and security for our two nations," said Cavanaugh.
Boutwell is assigned to the Coast Guard's Pacific Area Command, headquartered in Alameda, Calif. Their patrols frequently range from the Aleutian Island chain south to the coast of Columbia. Boutwell represents the Coast Guard's commitment to support national defense operations around the globe and is currently attached to the USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group.
This patrol will see Boutwell circumnavigate the globe while visiting numerous countries in an effort to create strong professional ties and share maritime defense strategies and improve interoperability.
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