Cutter Resolute returns from multi-mission new year patrol

ResoluteST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Working over the New Year,  returned to its homeport in St. Petersburg, Thursday, following a 37-day south coast and Caribbean law enforcement patrol.

The crew transited more than 5,600 miles by patrolling the Caribbean Sea, Florida Straits and Atlantic Ocean.

Throughout the patrol, crewmembers aboard the Resolute targeted the flow of illegal immigration into the U.S. aiding in the interdiction, care and repatriation of 400 Cuban migrants.  The crew worked closely with the service’s newest Fast Response Cutters, Maritime Patrol Aircraft and other Medium Endurance ships to carry out the Coast Guard’s vital migrant interdiction mission.

“The crew performed fantastic in every demanding situation,” said Cmdr. Matthew Brown, the Resolute’s commanding officer.  “One attribute that makes the Coast Guard so great is our broad authorities and resources to handle responsibilities across diverse mission sets for the people we serve.”

On the night of Jan. 5, crewmembers aboard the Resolute were alerted that a passing freighter discovered a small vessel disabled and adrift in rough sea conditions.  Crewmembers responded and recovered 35 Cuban migrants in the Florida Straits.  The crew rescued  three children and 32 adults from an unseaworthy rustic vessel that was taking on water. Safety of life at sea is the Coast Guard’s top priority.

While patrolling the coast of Haiti, the crew of the Resolute worked in conjunction with an embarked Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan.  The essential partnership supported counter drug operations, preserved life at sea and deterred against dangerous attempts of illegal immigration.

Crewmembers were on patrol over the New Year and were happy to receive care packages from a local elementary school. The generosity boosted crew morale, which carried through the entire patrol.

Since Oct. 1, the Coast Guard 7th District estimates that 1,981 Cubans have attempted to illegally migrate via the sea. These numbers represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.

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