Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba crew returns home to Boston after 62-day patrol

Coast Guard District 1 NewsBOSTON – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba returned to their homeport of Boston Sunday, after a 62-day patrol in the Straights of Florida and Windward Passage near Haiti.

Throughout the 9,732-mile patrol, crewmembers interdicted and processed more than 100 Cuban migrants, had three high speed “Go-Fast” drug smuggling chases, conducted more than 500 helicopter flight evolutions and participated in humanitarian operations off the coast of Haiti.

Crewmembers also provided search-and-rescue assistance for a fishing vessel in distress and towed a 100-foot tug with a sinking 270-foot barge in danger of grounding off the coast of Miami.

In addition, the crew conducted hundreds of drills, qualified numerous crew members in watch-standing positions, and corrected multiple casualties while at sea.

Escanaba’s crew was manning the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca as a result of the Escanaba’s cutter’s ongoing 11-month major overhaul and maintenance period in Baltimore, Md.

The Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP) is a fleetwide initiative to ensure the operational reliability of the Coast Guard’s 13 270-foot Famous Class cutters remains viable until replacement by the Offshore Patrol Cutter. While the Escanaba is undergoing the refurbishment to improve living quarters and common spaces, MEP also focuses on replacing decks, tanks, piping, electrical wiring and troublesome engineering systems and equipment.

The overall goal is to ensure a seamless transition with minimal impact to the Coast Guard’s operational capabilities and mission execution. Multi-crew initiatives such as this keep crews fully trained to respond to the Coast Guard’s ever changing missions and ensures there is no loss in mission capabilities as a result of cutter overhauls and implementation of new cutter platforms.

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