Coast Guard Cutter Decisive returns from 32-day patrol in Windward Passage

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Decisive returned to its homeport after a 32-day patrol deployed to the Windward Passage to assist the 7th Coast Guard District in illegal migration interdiction, search and rescue and law enforcement operations.

Pictured here are the Coast Guard Cutters Decisive and Escanaba as they repatriate 239 Haitian migrants in Cap Haitien, Haiti, Nov. 14, 2013. The Coast Guard Cutter Decisive, homeported in Pascagoula, Miss., returned home after a 32 day patrol. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive)

The Coast Guard Cutters Decisive and Escanaba repatriate 239 Haitian migrants in Cap Haitien, Haiti, Nov. 14, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive

Coast Guard air crews detected an unseaworthy and overloaded sailing vessel in the Windward Passage Nov. 12. The Coast Guard Cutter Decisive intercepted the sailing vessel 21 nautical miles northwest of Matthew Town, Great Inagua Island, where their small boat crews worked through the night to safely remove 171 Haitian migrants from their vessel. Once the migrants were aboard the cutter, they received food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

The Decisive repatriated the migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti Nov. 14. The Decisive crew also conducted extensive training to improve crewmember proficiency in areas such as flight operations, damage control, engineering, seamanship and navigation, combat systems and medical readiness.

The Decisive is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter with 75 crewmembers aboard. The aircraft, which aided the operation were Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and Coast Guard Air Station Detroit.

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