Coast Guard Cutter Shamal to Return Home from Patrol

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Shamal is scheduled to return to thier homeport at Singing River Island in Pascagoula at approximately 11 a.m., after completing a 30-day patrol in the Straits of Florida.

The crew of the Shamal’s efforts were centered on migrant interdiction operations, while deployed in support of Coast Guard Sector Key West and the Coast Guard’s Seventh District.

Operational highlights included the successful interdiction of three motorized rafts and one go-fast vessel and the care of 36 Cuban migrants.

The crew also witnessed the promotion of Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Florane from third to second class petty officer , and the selection of Petty Officer 2nd Class Larry Walsh as Shamal’s sailor-of-the quarter.

Also, the crew of the Shamal also had the good fortune of sailing with Coast Guard Station Rochester, New York’s second in command, Petty Officer 1st Class Eamon McCormack, who volunteered to augment the cutter’s Deck Watch Officer staff throughout the patrol.

In addition, this deployment marked the first patrol for Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Robinson, who recently reported aboard from San Diego, and the final patrol for Fireman Cameron Ferrell, who is schedueled to attend the Coast Guard’s machinery technician course in York Town, Va..

The Shamal, a 179-foot coastal patrol craft, which was transferred from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Coast Guard on September 29, 2004 and moved to Pascagoula, Mississippi, has a crew of 30. The the crew of Shamal is stationed at Singing River Island along with the crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Decisive, Tempest, and Tornado.

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