Cutter Confidence returns home from 60 day patrol

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Coast Guard Cutter Confidence will return to its homeport Saturday at 8 a.m. after a 60-day deployment in the Caribbean Sea.

The crew of the Cutter Vigilant conducted the 60-day patrol aboard the Confidence while their ship undergoes a six-month dry-dock overhaul in Curtis Bay, Md.

During the deployment, the Vigilant crew assisted in the care of more than 85 Haitian and Cuban migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally and disrupted two separate attempts of possible migrant smuggling.

Additionally, the crew conducted non-compliant vessel training with crew members from Sector Key West, Fla. The training provides instruction and qualifies the crew to use warning shots and disabling fire upon vessels that refuse to stop for Coast Guard boarding officers.

During this patrol the ship made stops in Key West, Fla., Miami, Cozumel, Mexico, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Confidence and Vigilant are a 210-foot Reliance Class Cutters homeported in Port Canaveral.

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