Coast Guard Cutter Confidence to return following 61-day deployment in the Caribbean

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MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence is scheduled to return to their homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida, Saturday following a 61-day deployment in the Caribbean Sea.

On May 27, the crew of the Confidence departed Port Canaveral to conduct a homeland security, law enforcement, alien migrant interdiction and drug interdiction patrol in support of Operation South East Watch. Operation South East Watch is a unified federal, state, local, tribal, territorial and private sector response to mass migration in the Caribbean.

A Haitian migrant disembarks the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence during a repatriation of 36 Haitian migrants in Cap Haitian, Haiti, July 18, 2014. Earlier in their patrol, on the 16th of June, the crew of the Confidence repatriated 44 Haitian migrants.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A Haitian migrant disembarks the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence during a repatriation of 36 Haitian migrants in Cap Haitian, Haiti, July 18, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The crew of the Confidence patrolled to deter and respond to illegal maritime immigration off the coast of Cuba and Haiti. Confidence’s duties included interdicting and repatriating migrants to their source country as well as disrupting drug smugglers to ensure secure maritime borders.

During a visit to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), the Confidence’s crew hosted Governor Peter Beckingham and the commissioner of police for the nation. Their visit promoted the joint efforts of the U.S. and TCI government in boosting regional security.

The U.S. Coast Guard and TCI Police work together closely to prevent illegal immigration.

“The crew’s extraordinary performance during this deployment, despite a very large turn over in personnel from our summer transfer season, was inspiring,” said Capt. Jim Passarelli, commanding officer of the Confidence. “Their efforts and sacrifices to keep America safe were exceptional, including the rescue and repatriation of 80 Haitian migrants that might otherwise have perished at sea.”

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