Coast Guard Cutter Venturous Returns Home from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous is scheduled to return from their patrol Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., following a 49-day deployment to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response and the Caribbean Sea.

After arriving off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., the Venturous crew assumed on-scene command and control for vessels responding to the spill. Crewmembers developed a communications and operations framework that will help to sustain continued oil spill response efforts in the future.

“The crew has exceeded expectations on this patrol and we’re pleased to have played an active role in preventing additional oil from reaching gulf coast beaches,” said Cmdr. Ted St. Pierre, commanding officer for the Venturous.

Once the Deepwater Horizon well site was capped and Coast Guard Cutter Decisive took over the command and control duties, Venturous crewmembers continued their patrol off the coast of Haiti in support of Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations.

Coast Guard Cutter Venturous is a 210-foot Reliance class cutter, homeported in St. Petersburg. It has a crew of 85 officers and enlisted personnel. Typical missions include counter-drug operations, alien migrant interdiction, search and rescue and fisheries enforcement.

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