Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin returns to homeport

7th Coast Guard District NewsCHARLESTON, S.C. – The crew of the 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin returned home to Charleston Sunday after a successful 83-day deployment.

The Gallatin crew steamed over 9,500 miles in the Caribbean Sea and Florida Straits, enforcing maritime laws and treaties and supporting U.S. Counter-Drug Strategy.

This was the Gallatin’s first patrol in nearly three years, as the high endurance cutter recently underwent extensive maintenance to ensure continued operation.

During the patrol, the Gallatin crew took part in a rigorous, Coast Guard-implemented inspection plan to determine the 43-year-old vessel’s operational readiness, winning excellence awards in categories such as deck seamanship and damage control.

After the inspection, the crew of the cutter headed south in support of U.S. counter-drug operations in the Caribbean Sea where they assisted in the interdiction of a vessel suspected of illicit drug trafficking. A subsequent search of the vessel yielded over 920 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of nearly $25 million.

Later, the Gallatin crew proceeded to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the vessel’s change of command ceremony. At the ceremony, Capt. John T. Davis was relieved after completing a successful two-year tour of duty by Capt. Caleb Corson.

In the last half of the patrol, Gallatin crewmembers rescued six Jamaican fishermen stranded at sea for over a month without supplies. In addition, the crew disrupted a suspected drug smuggling vessel and later spent three days supporting Honduran Navy dive operations. The Gallatin crew provided technical expertise and crucial equipment to the Honduran Navy, a valuable partner in our counter-drug operations.

“I’m extremely proud of the crew’s accomplishments during this patrol; they performed brilliantly executing vital and dangerous work,” said Corson. “Gallatin is an aging cutter and it takes countless man hours and unparalleled maritime professionalism to ensure this level of operational success.” CHARLESTON, S.C. – The crew of the 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin returned home to Charleston Sunday after a successful 83-day deployment.

The Gallatin crew steamed over 9,500 miles in the Caribbean Sea and Florida Straits, enforcing maritime laws and treaties and supporting U.S. Counter-Drug Strategy.

This was the Gallatin’s first patrol in nearly three years, as the high endurance cutter recently underwent extensive maintenance to ensure continued operation.

During the patrol, the Gallatin crew took part in a rigorous, Coast Guard-implemented inspection plan to determine the 43-year-old vessel’s operational readiness, winning excellence awards in categories such as deck seamanship and damage control.

After the inspection, the crew of the cutter headed south in support of U.S. counter-drug operations in the Caribbean Sea where they assisted in the interdiction of a vessel suspected of illicit drug trafficking. A subsequent search of the vessel yielded over 920 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of nearly $25 million.

Later, the Gallatin crew proceeded to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the vessel’s change of command ceremony. At the ceremony, Capt. John T. Davis was relieved after completing a successful two-year tour of duty by Capt. Caleb Corson.

In the last half of the patrol, Gallatin crewmembers rescued six Jamaican fishermen stranded at sea for over a month without supplies. In addition, the crew disrupted a suspected drug smuggling vessel and later spent three days supporting Honduran Navy dive operations. The Gallatin crew provided technical expertise and crucial equipment to the Honduran Navy, a valuable partner in our counter-drug operations.

“I’m extremely proud of the crew’s accomplishments during this patrol; they performed brilliantly executing vital and dangerous work,” said Corson. “Gallatin is an aging cutter and it takes countless man hours and unparalleled maritime professionalism to ensure this level of operational success.”

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2 Comments

  1. Teresa King says:

    Awesome job Gallatin!!! We are proud of you and your accomplishments! Welcome home!

  2. Jim Myers says:

    Welcome home boys, Job well done. Congratulations JIMMY!!!!