Dauntless returns from spring Caribbean patrol

HOUSTON – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless is scheduled to arrive home today at about noon, following a 46-day law enforcement patrol through the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Florida Straits.

Dauntless patrolled the Straits of Florida and the Windward Passage between Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas, conducting migrant interdiction and counter-drug operations. On May 2, the cutter intercepted a 40-foot wooden sailboat attempting to enter the Bahamas illegally. Determining that the sailboat was unsafe and acknowledging the crew’s request for assistance, 56 migrants were safely transferred to Dauntless. While awaiting repatriation back to Haiti, they were provided shelter, food and medical assistance. Dauntless worked with the Royal Bahamian Defense Force, embarking a ship rider for operational advice and recommendations.

Throughout the majority of the patrol, Dauntless embarked an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Fla. The aircrew conducted daily flights, enhancing the cutter’s mission effectiveness. This marked the first time in two years that Dauntless embarked a helicopter for an extended period.

On May 23, Dauntless received 85 Cuban migrants from the Coast Guard Cutter Willow in the Straits of Florida. On May 29, they rendezvoused with the Coast Guard Cutter Drummond who successfully repatriated the migrants to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba.

Dauntless, along with other Coast Guard cutters, continues to fill a vital role in the Department of Homeland Security by conducting national defense and maritime homeland security missions, interdicting illegal drugs, preventing illegal immigration, and rescuing mariners in distress off the coasts of the United States and worldwide.

Dauntless, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter, was commissioned in June 1968 and is the largest Coast Guard Cutter based in Texas.

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