Coast Guard Cutter Legare to make port-call in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The crew of the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Legare, homeported in Portsmouth, Va., is scheduled to arrive in Charleston Thursday at 8:30 a.m. for a three-day liberty call.

The Cutter Legare has a strong historical tie to Charleston, and this will be the ship’s first visit to the area since October 2007.

The Cutter Legare is named in honor of Hugh Swinton Legare, who was born in Charleston, Jan. 2, 1797. During his career Legare served in the South Carolina State Legislature, was a U.S. Representative during the 25th Congress, South Carolina State Attorney General and served as the 16th Attorney General of the United States.

Public tours of the ship will be offered Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The ship’s crew has been deployed for sixteen days, protecting living marine resources from New Jersey to North Carolina. In addition, the crew works to ensure compliance with federal fishery regulations and commercial safety regulations.

In January, the Cutter Legare deployed in support of Operation Unified Response following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Crewmembers coordinated dozens of medical evacuations of critically injured earthquake victims, provided waterside security for thousands of tons of relief supplies, and helped restore the Haitian Coast Guard’s operational capabilities.

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