Coast Guard Cutter Oak Returns Home

CHARELSTON, S.C. – A local Coast Guard Cutter will be returning to Charleston after spending 21-days patrolling for illegal migrants in the Florida Straits Friday at 8 a.m.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oak from Charleston will be returning home after caring for more that 265 Cuban migrants and six suspected human smugglers during their 21-day patrol. The crew interdicted one disabled high-speed smuggling boat, or go-fast, and took a suspected human smuggler into custody. They also assisted more high-speed Coast Guard assets in the area detect several go-fasts.

The Oak is a sea-going buoy tender, and the crew’s primary mission is maintaining over 200 buoys and other aids to navigation that mark waters stretching from South Carolina to the U.S. Virgin Islands. This multi-mission Coast Guard unit is also well suited for interdicting and holding illegal migrants while they are interviewed for later repatriation to their home country.

Oak’s crew spent several weeks preparing for its recent patrol by refreshing its law enforcement and security training. The Oak is a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Michael Glander.

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