Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returns to Portsmouth, Virginia

A Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crew member embraces his wife on the pier at Base Portsmouth, Virginia, April 27, 2016. Tampa's crew returned home after a 54-day fisheries patrol. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crew returned to Portsmouth, Virginia, after a 54-day fisheries patrol Thursday.

During their patrol, Tampa’s crew conducted 41 commercial fishing vessel boardings that resulted in the detection of seven commercial fisheries safety violations, one voyage termination and one fisheries violation.

Tampa’s crew also assisted the crew of the fishing vessel Hope & Sydney when they became disabled about 70 miles east of Cape May, New Jersey.

The cutter Tampa is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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