Coast Guard Cutter Dependable to return from 62-day Caribbean patrol

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, homeported at the Coast Guard Recruit Training Center, is scheduled to return at 8:30 a.m. Monday following a 62-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea in support of Operation Martillo.

Operation Martillo is an interagency, international operation designed to deter criminal organizations from using transnational routes by air, land or sea to transport drugs, weapons, cargo, migrants or cash.

The Coast Guard’s presence in the Caribbean Sea is designed to deter, detect and respond to maritime security threats and incidents well before they reach U.S. shores. As a key element of this presence, the crew of the cutter Dependable worked extensively with other Coast Guard, Navy, interagency, and international partners to interdict drug traffickers.

During the patrol, the Dependable traveled more than 8,000 nautical miles and assisted in a case involving the seizure of nearly 1,500 pounds of cocaine and seven foreign nationals.

A helicopter crew from the Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON), based out of Jacksonville, Fla., was aboard the Dependable supporting counter-narcotics operations. The helicopter crew was deployed with the cutter for 39 days to enhance their interdiction capabilities. They logged nearly 60 hours of flight time bolstering the Dependable’s detection and response capabilities.

The Dependable is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter with 85 crewmembers. The crew’s missions include maritime safety, security and stewardship operations in the waters stretching from the U.S./Canadian maritime border off New England, to the Florida Straits and Caribbean Sea.

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