Coast Guard Cutter Confidence Returns from 60 Day Patrol

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Coast Guard Cutter Confidence will return to Port Canaveral Friday at approximately 8 a.m. after a 60-day deployment at sea.

Confidence departed Port Canaveral March 2 en-route to the Caribbean Sea to conduct law enforcement, search and rescue and international engagement operations. During the deployment, Confidence safely interdicted and cared for 113 Cuban migrants while also taking part in three search and rescue cases and responding to unrest in Haiti.

An example of one of the migrant rescues began on the evening of March 16. Confidence’s crew began rescuing a total of 38 migrants from several homemade vessels within a 12-hour period. The Confidence then discovered a disabled go-fast with 20 migrants and two suspected smugglers March 30. The crew embarked the 22 people aboard the go-fast and provided food and medical attention aboard the cutter.

One of the search and rescue case involved Confidence’s response to a disabled freighter. The Zuni Princess, a 500-foot cargo ship, became disabled March 14 and drifted in the Gulf Stream current off Miami for two days while awaiting assistance from commercial tugs. The Confidence crew responded by staying near the vessel to ensure that surrounding vessel traffic remained clear and ensured Zuni Princess did not ground or spill hazardous material. The towing vessels Rikki S and Grand Bahama then successfully took the Zuni Princess in tow and brought it safely into port.

The crew also hosted more than 45 distinguished guests, including the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and the Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command, along with many other U.S. and foreign diplomatic and military officials in support of Operation Tradewinds 2008. Tradewinds is a military and security training exercise conducted annually by the United States and its partner Caribbean nations.

Confidence is a 210-foot medium endurance Coast Guard cutter with a crew of 12 officers and 68 enlisted personnel.

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