Coast Guard Cutter Midgett arrives home in time for Thanksgiving

The Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, transits the Strait of Juan de Fuca enroute to Seattle, Oct. 13, 2015. The Midgett was returning to port after conducting a fisheries patrol off the coasts of Washington and Oregon. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read)

SEATTLE — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett returned home to Seattle Nov. 24, just in time for Thanksgiving, after a successful 50-day patrol that took the cutter 5,500 miles from Washington to south of the Baja Peninsula.

The Midgett crew’s patrol began off the coasts of Washington and Oregon, where it conducted Living Marine Resources enforcement boardings and inspections, protecting the multi-billion dollar fishery and those working it. Following, the Midgett cruised southward to the Northern Baja region, where it participated in Operation Green Flash – a joint exercise between Canadian, Mexican and United States maritime forces.

Operation Green Flash culminated in a formation-cruising exercise and a successful community relations project delivering wheelchairs and food donations to multiple children’s and convalescent’s homes.

The crew’s mission was to patrol historical narcotics smuggling routes, resulting in a 2,400 pound marijuana seizure 200 miles off the coast of Southern California and Mexico.

The crew finished the patrol on a high note, participating in Aviation Standardization training or AVSTAN, an evaluated aviation training exercise in which the crew scored well above the fleet average.

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