The crew of USCGC Oak (WLB 211) stopped over in Sisimiut, Greenland on Friday as part of Exercise Argus 2022.
During the port visit, the commanding officer of USCGC Oak, Lt. Cmdr. Jacob Loman and Executive Officer Lt. Jennifer Lane met with organizers of the large-scale joint exercise for a pre-sail conference to discuss plans for Exercise Argus in southern Greenland on Monday.
In transit to Sisimiut, the new members of the Arctic Circle obtained their “blue nose” certificate during a ceremony aboard the cutter. As the crew sailed north, they performed damage control and medical training to remain operationally ready.
The USCGC Oak crew left Sisimiut on Monday for the start of Exercise Argus, which included navigation and search and rescue training events to begin the week-long exercise.
Exercise Argus is an annual training event designed to enhance the capabilities of international partners to respond to search and rescue and marine environmental events in the Arctic region. The exercise runs from July 4 to July 9, 2022 and provides participating nations with the opportunity to advance effective partnerships, collaboration and interoperability for a variety of issues affecting the Far North region.
The exercise will include assets from Greenland, Denmark, France and the United States. Participation in Exercise Argus underscores our collective commitment to security, environmental protection and international partnerships in the region.
This stopover is the second stopover for the crew of the USCGC Oak after departing St. John’s in Newfoundland, Canada.
The Oak is a 225-foot seagoing buoy that is homeported in Newport, Rhode Island.