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5th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

Media Advisory

Date: Aug. 01, 2012

Contact: PADET Atlantic City

Office: (609) 813-3889

MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard Cutter to return to Cape May, NJ, after 63-day patrol

CAPE MAY, N.J. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous is scheduled to return to their homeport in Cape May Thursday at 9 a.m. following a 63-day counter narcotics and migrant interdiction patrol in the Caribbean. 

The crew of the 210-foot Medium-endurance Cutter provided security and represented the Coast Guard during the Parade of Ships in Norfolk, Va., commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.  The crew later responded to a distress call off the coast of North Carolina from a recreational dive boat and rescued two divers who were separated from their boat.

Upon arriving in the 7th Coast Guard District, the crew was assigned to the Florida Straits to conduct migrant interdiction patrols, and then later conducted a counter-narcotics patrol off the southern coasts of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Upon their departure from Puerto Rico, the crew patrolled off the coast of Haiti in the Windward Passage. The Vigorous crew conducted active patrols, searching for migrants departing Haiti bound for the Bahamas and, ultimately, the United States.

This patrol highlights the Coast Guard’s offshore presence and its versatility in rapidly redeploying where needed to counter multiple threats, said Lt. Cmdr. Paul McConnell, the executive officer aboard the Vigorous.

The unit’s regular missions include search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, maritime defense and protection of our marine environment.

Media interested in attending the event are requested to contact the public affairs detatchment in Atlantic City at 609-677-2204.




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