Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew returns from patrol

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned home to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Thursday morning after completing a four-week deployment to the Caribbean in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South.

The crew of the 210-foot cutter conducted counter-narcotics patrols in support of Operation Martillo, a counter-narcotic trafficking effort focused on preventing the movement of narcotics from South and Central America to the United States.

During a Caribbean patrol, crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant came to the aid of the crew aboard a 60-foot ferry Dec. 23, 2013. The Valiant towed the ferry about 150 miles to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where a Jamaican Defense Force patrol vessel took over. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

During a Caribbean patrol, crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant came to the aid of the crew aboard a 60-foot ferry Dec. 23, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Crewmembers worked with crews aboard surface and air assets from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and partner nations throughout the patrol. Law enforcement teams from the Valiant boarded four vessels, disrupting the transport of approximately 160 kilograms of cocaine, with a wholesale value of more than $5.3 million.

During the patrol, crewmembers aboard the Valiant also came to the aid of a crew aboard a 60-foot recreational passenger ferry. The Valiant towed the ferry about 150 miles to Montego Bay, Jamaica. There, the Valiant crewmembers transferred the tow to a Jamaican Defense Force patrol vessel, which successfully completed the tow.

Seaman Nathan Dodd, one of the Coast Guardsmen involved in the tow operation, was named sailor of the quarter aboard the Valiant for his exceptional initiative and drive in multiple leadership positions, including tow captain.

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