Coast Guard Cutter Northland returns from 49-day deployment

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Northland, homeported here, returned Tuesday following a 49-day deployment to the Caribbean.

The Northland crew deployed on the 27-year-old ship in support of Operation Martillo, covering 8,000 nautical miles during the deployment.

While on patrol with the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, the Northland’s embarked helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, based in Jacksonville, Fla., spotted a go-fast vessel with four crewmembers aboard and bales on deck. The Northland’s crew interdicted a 35-foot go-fast vessel, detained four suspected smugglers and seized 54 bales of contraband, which tested positive for cocaine. The approximate wholesale value of the contraband is $43.25 million.

Additionally, the crew enhanced their readiness through a training program by conducting 95 shipboard drills and 100 helicopter evolutions, including aerial use of force drills, tactical small boat drills, gunnery exercises and casualty control drills.

The Northland is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter.

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