Coast Guard Cutter Dependable to return to New Jersey after 44-day patrol

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The crew of the Cape May based Coast Guard Cutter Dependable is scheduled to return home Thursday evening concluding a 44-day deployment in the northern Caribbean.

The crew of the Dependable departed Cape May April 18 to conduct a homeland security, law enforcement and humanitarian aid patrol.

While underway, the crew of the Dependable took part in an at-sea interdiction of an overloaded Haitian migrant vessel. The crew embarked 37 Haitian migrants from the 40-foot sailing vessel without incident and with no medical concerns. The Dependable crew sank the vessel as a danger to navigation.

The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter with 75 crewmembers who primarily conduct counter drug and undocumented migrant interdiction patrols.

The Coast Guard operates in a demanding, dynamic and unforgiving environment that requires modern, capable vessels to meet national objectives.

The 43-year-old Dependable and the other 26 medium endurance cutters are slated for replacement by a new class of cutters. The new Offshore Patrol Cutter will operate more than 50 miles from land, carrying out the Coast Guard’s maritime security and safety activities in support of national interests. The OPC will be an economical, multi-mission ship, providing pursuit boat and helicopter capabilities and interoperability with other military and federal partners, superior to the cutters they replace. Equipped with modern sensors, the Offshore Patrol Cutter will provide the enhanced surveillance necessary to detect threats far from U.S. shores and meet the demands of the Coast Guard’s homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement and other vital missions.

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