Coast Guard Cutter Northland returns to Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard Cutter Northland is scheduled to return to Portsmouth Sunday after a unique patrol in the Pacific Ocean interrupting the flow of illegal narcotics.

The crew departed their homeport on the Northland May 20 and picked up an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crews from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville, Fla. The patrol began in the Pacific Ocean after transiting the Panama Canal.

The Northland and HITRON crews conducted law enforcement patrols in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South to interrupt the flow of illegal narcotics.

The ship was underway for the Fourth of July, but that didn’t stop the crew from celebrating Independence Day with a variety of colored flares being shot off during a training evolution.

The crews conducted dozens of helicopter operations, small boat operations, a fueling at sea with a Navy ship and operations with other Coast Guard cutters.

The Northland is a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Portsmouth.

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