Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returns from northern Florida patrol, dry-dock period

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned home to U.S. Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Sunday, following a patrol off the coast of northern Florida in support of Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville and a four-month dry-dock availability in Savannah, Georgia.

During the patrol, Coast Guardsmen carried out multiple vessel boardings with the support of Sector Jacksonville to ensure the safety of recreational and commercial vessels, and compliance with regulations that promote sustainable fisheries, protection of living marine resources, and boating safety.

Crewmen also conducted drills and exercises, including day and night aviation operations with a Jacksonville-based Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, to maintain proficiency and train newly-reported personnel.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant enters the graving dock in Savannah, Ga., for a maintenance availability period which began Jan. 28, 2014. The Valiant is a 210-foot cutter homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Brummer)

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant enters the graving dock in Savannah, Ga., for a maintenance availability period which began Jan. 28, 2014.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Brummer)

The $2.4 million maintenance availability period began Jan. 28 in Savannah and included the complete overhaul of all running gear, painting of the ship’s entire exterior and underwater parts, and extensive interior repairs and refurbishment projects.

The much-needed work drastically improved the 47-year-old cutter’s material condition and structural integrity, said the cutter’s Executive Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Tim Sommella.

The crew augmented their dry-dock time in Savannah with various community events including representing the Coast Guard in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, assisting members of a retirement community, and supplementing Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah boarding teams during offshore law enforcement operations.

The Valiant crew also celebrated six re-enlistments and two advancements, and conducted retirement ceremonies for Chief Petty Officers Edward Jones and Troy Waguespack, both of whom retired after 21 years of service.

The cutter Valiant is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported at Naval Station Mayport since August 2012.

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