Portsmouth-based Coast Guard Cutter Tampa scheduled to return Friday

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, a 270-foot medium endurance Portsmouth-based cutter, is scheduled to return at 10 a.m. Friday concluding a 37-day patrol.

During the crews deployment in the Caribbean they intercepted more than $58 million of narcotics, including 4,200 pounds of cocaine and marijuana. The crew also saved three mariners whose vessel was disabled and adrift by towing them more than 100 miles to safety.

“It is an honor and privilege to be part of the Tampa’s legacy,” said Cmdr. Susan Polizzotto, the commanding officer of the Tampa. “Although this was a short patrol, the crew achieved significant results and met all mission objectives. A port visit to Tampa, the city we’re named after, was a wonderful way to end the patrol.”

In Tampa, the crew participated in a ceremony marking the 222nd birthday of the Coast Guard and the centennial year of the original cutter Tampa.

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