Coast Guard Cutter Returns After 2-Month Patrol

PORTSMOUTH, VA – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Legare returns to Portsmouth, Va., Wednesday after a two-month patrol in the Caribbean Sea and western Atlantic Ocean.

During this patrol the Legare worked for Joint Interagency Task Force South, an organization responsible for the detection and monitoring of suspect air and maritime drug activity in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern Pacific.

When not engaged in active law enforcement cases, the Legare’s crew ran drills and conducted training to qualify new crew members who are replacing their shipmates scheduled to transfer this summer. Nearly one-third of the Legare’s crew will rotate over the next two or three months, including the commanding officer, Cmdr. Andrew Tiongson.

Legare is a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Portsmouth under the operational control of Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area. Legare’s crew is at sea approximately 185 days a year. During a typical 65-day patrol, Legare performs a variety of Coast Guard’s missions in its primary operating areas of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.

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