Coast Guard Cutter Active returns home from 70 day patrol

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PORT ANGELES, Wash..– The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Active returned Tuesday to their homeport of Port Angeles, Wash., following a 70-day deployment.

During their deployment, the cutter and crew covered more than 11,500 miles on a counter drug enforcement patrol in the Eastern Pacific.

The Active’s crew led by Cmdr. Phillip Crigler of Mobile, Ala., conducted law enforcement operations off the coast of Central America in March and April. The crew conducted multiple at sea boardings seizing more than 2,300 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $37 million dollars.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Active returned Tuesday to their home port of Port Angeles, Wash., following a 70-day deployment. During their deployment, the cutter and crew covered more than 11,500 miles on a counter drug enforcement patrol in the eastern Pacific. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles)

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Active returned Tuesday to their home port of Port Angeles, Wash., following a 70-day deployment. . U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles

While on a port call in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to resupply the cutter, Active’s crew participated in a community relations event. The crew painted and helped set up a playground at the local Children’s Cancer Center. Active’s crew also hosted members of the local Navy League and American legion for tours.

“The effort that the men and women of Active put forth to serve their nation and each other goes well above and beyond the call of duty,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Helgen, Active’s executive officer. “Working for days on end without sleep, weeks without time off, and sacrificing months away from friends and family, the crew demonstrates a dedication to the mission second-to-none.

“The drug seizures on this patrol required all 76 crewmembers to execute dangerous and exceptionally demanding operations in 100 plus degree heat at all hours of the day, thousands of miles from home, and they executed every task with tremendous pride and the utmost professionalism. Active’s success is defined by its crew and the crew deserves every bit of the credit. We are all proud to sail aboard Active and serve the people of the United States, but we long to see the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains and finally come home to Port Angeles.”

Active is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter. Medium endurance cutters like the Active are built for multi-week offshore patrols including operations requiring enhanced communications, and helicopter and pursuit boat operations, which provide a key capability for homeland security missions at sea.

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