Cutter Kodiak Island crew returns to Key West

KEY WEST, Fla. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island will return to Key West Saturday after completing a four-week deployment to the Windward Passage in the central Caribbean Sea.

The 110-foot patrol boat crew deployed in support of alien migrant interdiction and counter-narcotic and humanitarian operations.

During the three weeks at sea, the cutter assisted a distressed Haitian trading vessel crew who was lost and running out of fuel during an attempted passage to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The Kodiak Island crew escorted the vessel back to Cap Haitien, Haiti.

The crew of the Kodiak Island also conducted several at-sea refueling operations with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence during the patrol.

The deployment and one-week maintenance period in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will end Saturday when an alternate crew will take custody of the cutter and continue to patrol in the Caribbean.

“The crew worked extremely hard and is proud to conduct the missions the Coast Guard is well-known for,” said Lt. j.g. J. Travis Noyes, the Kodiak Island’s executive officer. “The crew is looking forward to returning home to their families for some much deserved time off in Key West.”

The cutter Diligence is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Wilmington, N.C.

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