Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns home from 8-week deployment

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, homeported at the Coast Guard Recruit Training Center, returned Wednesday following a five-week counter-drug patrol in the Caribbean Sea and subsequent three-week training availability in Little Creek, Va.

The crew of the Dependable departed Cape May Aug. 2 and logged more than 7,200 nautical miles patrolling the waters of the Caribbean Sea.

The Coast Guard’s presence in this area is critical to the service’s layered security regime, which is designed to deter, detect and respond to maritime safety and security threats and incidents well before they reach U.S. shores. As a key element of this presence, the Dependable crew worked with other Coast Guard, Navy, interagency and international partners to deter, detect and interdict traffickers.

As a result of these combined efforts, the crew of the Dependable successfully interdicted a go-fast boat carrying 2,645 pounds of cocaine. Seizures at sea are the most efficient and cost-effective way to keep cocaine off the streets of America. Coast Guard cutters have interdicted more than 75,000 pounds of cocaine since Oct. 1, 2011, which is 25,000 pounds more than land based, U.S. law enforcement personnel seized in all of 2010.

Upon their departure from the Caribbean Sea, the crew of the Dependable made their way to Little Creek for a three-week Tailored Ship’s Training Availability assessment, which both improved and measured the crew’s skills and ability to conduct a variety of naval warfare missions. Their training was principally focused in the areas of damage control, engineering, navigation, gunnery and deck seamanship. The training was overseen by a cadre of training “ship riders” from the Coast Guard’s Afloat Training Group based in Norfolk, Va. The training was designed to increase operational readiness for future Dependable deployments.

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