Coast Guard Cutter Confidence returns to homeport

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PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence returned to homeport Saturday after a 54-day deployment in the western and central Caribbean.

The crew departed Port Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 20 to conduct a homeland security, law enforcement and drug interdiction patrol in support of Operation Martillo. During the trip, Confidence crewmembers also participated in a professional exchange with the Panamanian National Police and the Royal Netherlands Navy.

“It was definitely a challenging deployment considering the large number of new crew members aboard and the tough winter weather,” said Capt. Jim Passarelli, commanding officer of the Cutter Confidence. “Still, my crew performed remarkably. I’m amazed every day with their level of duty and commitment, especially in keeping this 48-year-old ship fully operational.”

Toward the end of their patrol, crewmembers aboard the Confidence successfully completed their biannual aviation standardization board. Personnel from the helicopter aviation detachment from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, along with Cmdr. Chase Landon and Chief Warrant Officer Ron Bowen from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., ensured that the cutter’s flight crews and training team were certified to conduct helicopter operations.

Operation Martillo is a 15-nation joint interagency and international collaborative effort against transnational criminal organizations.

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