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Mid Atlantic Media Contact: (757) 398-6272

5th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Aug. 08, 2012

Coast Guard Atlantic Area Public Affairs

Contact: Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn

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.

TAMPA, Fla. — Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers offload contraband at the Port of Tampa Aug. 3, 2012. The seized contraband came from two separate interdictions in the western Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Crystalynn A. Kneen. TAMPA, Fla. — Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers offload contraband at the Port of Tampa Aug. 3, 2012. The seized contraband came from two separate interdictions in the western Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

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.

Click here to view more information on the cutter’s namesake.

Click here to view the seized contraband offloaded from the Tampa.

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