Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns after 5 week patrol

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, a 210-foot Reliance class cutter homeported here, returned Saturday after a 40-day deployment in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Straits, and Windward Passage.

In support of the 7th Coast Guard District, the crew of the Resolute partnered with the Royal Bahamian Defense Force and was joined by the first female RBDF ship rider.

The Resolute’s crew, a compliment of 12 officers and 62 enlisted personnel, worked in conjunction with Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg to conduct two living marine resource boardings and several commercial vessels inspections for compliance with fishing and safety regulations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The crew also hosted the first ever Turks and Caicos Islands ship rider while patrolling TCI waters for illegal alien migration.

In addition to completing 108 training drills and 33 helicopter evolutions, the Resolute’s crew made two port calls in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They hosted the deputy commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the commander of Port Security Unit 311.

Medium endurance cutters like the Resolute are slated for replacement by new Offshore Patrol Cutters. The new OPCs will operate more than 50 miles from land, carrying out the Coast Guard’s maritime security and safety activities in support of national interests. The OPC will be an economical, multi-mission ship, providing pursuit boat and helicopter capabilities and interoperability with other military and federal partners, superior to the cutters they replace. Equipped with modern sensors, the OPCs will provide the enhanced surveillance necessary to detect threats far from U.S. shores and meet the demands of the Coast Guard’s homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement, and other vital missions.

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