Coast Guard Cutter Dallas Returns to Charleston After 63 Days

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard Cutter Dallas will return to Charleston at noon Wednesday after a 63-day deployment to the Caribbean Sea and South Atlantic.

Dallas’ crew spent more than eight weeks patrolling the Caribbean Sea to disrupt the flow of illegal narcotics from entering the United States, conducting search and rescue missions and repairing a school in Cartagena, Columbia.

While underway, Dallas assisted in the search of three missing fisherman in the middle of Tropical Storm Barry off the coast of Port Canaveral, Fla. Dallas also successfully conducted two at-sea-refuelings with the Dutch navy. This is one of the most dangerous evolutions performed at sea, but it allowed the Dallas to stay out at sea longer.

Dallas also hosted several Coast Guard Academy cadets, Naval Sea cadets and students completing officer training while underway.

“It was awesome because I got to see many different places, see how the Coast Guard operates and more importantly participate in Coast Guard operations. I think it is amazing that the Dallas is able to complete its military mission and its humanitarian mission at the same time,” said Tyler Richins, a Naval Sea Cadet aboard Dallas during the patrol.

The Coast Guard Cutter Dallas is a 378-foot high endurance cutter with a crew of 160 based in Charleston.

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