5th District Mid Atlantic Public Affairs
August 08, 2012
Coast Guard Atlantic Area Public Affairs
Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa L. Leake
Office: (757) 398-6407
Portsmouth-based Cutter scheduled to return Friday
Editor's note: Media interested in attending the cutter's return should contact Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn by noon Thursday.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, a 270-foot medium endurance Portsmouth-based cutter, is scheduled to return at 10 a.m. Friday concluding a 37-day patrol.
During the crews deployment in the Caribbean they intercepted more than $58 million of narcotics, including 4,200 pounds of cocaine and marijuana. The crew also saved three mariners whose vessel was disabled and adrift by towing them more than 100 miles to safety.
"It is an honor and privilege to be part of the Tampa's legacy," said Cmdr. Susan Polizzotto, the commanding officer of the Tampa. "Although this was a short patrol, the crew achieved significant results and met all mission objectives. A port visit to Tampa, the city we're named after, was a wonderful way to end the patrol."
In Tampa, the crew participated in a ceremony marking the 222nd birthday of the Coast Guard and the centennial year of the original cutter Tampa.
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