Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returns to homeport

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MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant is scheduled to return home to Miami Beach, Fla., from a 50-day patrol, Wednesday.

The crew of the Valiant got underway Sept. 7 for a seven-week Caribbean Sea patrol. It was the cutter’s first patrol with new commanding officer, Cmdr. John C. Dettleff.

During a logistics stop in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Oct. 13 and 14, Valiant personnel hosted an Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations demonstration for more than 60 senior planning staff members from the Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security. Valiant crewmembers demonstrated the process by which the Coast Guard intercepts, processes, and cares for migrants interdicted at sea. The demonstration provided useful information to planners tasked with developing contingency plans for future possible mass migration events.

On Oct. 4, the crew of the cruise ship Coral Princess requested a medical evacuation for a passenger suffering from a possible heart attack. Valiant’s embarked HH-65 helicopter crew from Air Station Corpus Christi successfully evacuated the man and transferred him to Guantanamo Bay. An awaiting Air Ambulance transferred the patient to the U.S. for treatment.

While in transit to Puerto Rico Sept. 10, Valiant crewmembers responded to an overloaded sail freighter. The vessel, roughly 40 feet in length, carried 95 Haitian migrants. Valiant crewmembers launched two small boats and delivered life jackets to the migrants. The migrants were safely transferred to the cutter and later repatriated to Haiti.

The Valiant is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter and its missions include search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and marine environmental protection.

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