Coast Guard Cutter Mellon to return home after 90-day patrol

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE – The Coast Guard Cutter Mellon and its crew are scheduled to return to their homeport of Seattle, June 26, 2011, at 7 p.m., after a 90-day deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of the Coast Guard’s counter-narcotics law enforcement mission.

While on patrol, the Mellon’s crew coordinated with multiple U.S. forces from Coast Guard and Navy to stem the flow of contraband including a helicopter detachment from the Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron based out of Jacksonville, Fla. In the successful execution of this mission, Mellon’s law enforcement teams interdicted more than 2,000 pounds of illegal narcotic shipments in the drug trafficking corridor. In addition to performing the law enforcement mission, Mellon conducted two rescue operations providing critical assistance to disabled vessels during the patrol.

“This was a very successful deployment in which the Mellon team excelled to do our part and keep $22 million worth of illegal narcotics off the streets of the U.S.,” said Capt. David Klipp, Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Cutter Mellon.

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