Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returns to homeport following counter narcotics patrol

Crew from Coast Guard Cutter Campbell stop a suspected drug smuggling boat in the eastern Pacific Ocean during a patrol in October, 2018. During the 90-day patrol, Campbell seized approximately 5,300 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated value of $159 million. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) (Photo edited for security)

Crew from Coast Guard Cutter Campbell stop a suspected drug smuggling boat in the eastern Pacific Ocean during a patrol in October, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo – edited for security)

BOSTON — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returned to Kittery, Maine on Tuesday following a three-month counter narcotics patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

During the patrol, the crew of the Campbell seized approximately 5,300 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of $159 million and detained six suspected smugglers.

“Campbell’s crew demonstrated unwavering dedication and operational excellence during the 90-day deployment in the eastern Pacific Ocean,” said Cmdr. Mark McDonnell, commanding officer of Campbell. “We enjoyed strong support from our international and interagency partners, helping us thwart criminal networks’ illicit operations in the Western Hemisphere.”

The Campbell crew also located and rescued a sea turtle that had become entangled in a net.

During the deployment, the crew of Campbell navigated 20,849 nautical miles.

Campbell is a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter with a crew of 106 members, and has been homeported in Kittery since 2003.

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