Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma crew to return home

KITTERY, Maine ­­­­– The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma crew returns tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. to their homeport in Kittery, Maine following a two-month deployment to Florida and the waters off Haiti.

The Tahoma crew spent the first three weeks of the patrol at Tailored Ship’s Training Availability in Mayport, Fla. honing damage control, engineering casualty response, combat systems, navigation and seamanship skills.

Following training, the crew continued an eventful patrol with operations that ranged from detaining an individual with multiple warrants, identified during routine fisheries boarding, to stopping a high speed vessel loaded with 7.4 million dollars worth of marijuana to rescuing 127 Haitians from an overloaded sail freighter.

Tahoma is one of thirteen 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter commissioned. The vessel and crew execute maritime law enforcement, homeland security, and search and rescue missions in support of Coast Guard operations throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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