Coast Guard cutter returns in time for Christmas

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SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sherman returned to its San Diego homeport Friday following an 85-day patrol in the Bering Sea.

The 378-foot ship moored at Naval Base San Diego in the late morning.

US Coast Guard Cutter ShermanWhile on the deployment, the crew of the Sherman enforced fishery laws and performed search-and-rescue missions, according to the USCG public affairs.

The personnel conducted a total of 20 boardings of commercial fishing vessels to check for safety and compliance with federal regulations, officials said. During the first inspection, they discovered and impounded a stash of marijuana.

The crew also got a chance to participate in San Francisco Fleet Week in October, taking part in a parade of ships and hosting public tours of the Sherman.

The 44-year-old Coast Guard vessel — named for John Sherman, secretary of the treasury from 1877-81 under President Rutherford B. Hayes and secretary of state during the McKinley administration — is being replaced, along with other Secretary-class cutters, by better equipped and more durable Legend-class ships.

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