Coast Guard Cutter Shamal returns home from 45-day patrol

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Shamal returned to its homeport here at Pascagoula’s Singing River Island at 1 p.m. on Saturday after completing a 45-day patrol in the Straits of Florida.

While deployed in support of Coast Guard Sector Key West and the Coast Guard’s Seventh District, Shamal conducted living marine resource, search and rescue, migrant interdiction, and counter-narcotics operations. Operational highlights included the safe care and transfer of more than125 Cuban migrants, a night time medical evacuation of three injured personnel from a migrant go-fast vessel, and the joint interdiction and boarding of a vessel suspected of carrying drugs into the United States.

On this patrol Seaman Jerry Speicher was selected as Shamal’s Sailor of the Quarter for the period between January and March of this year. In addition, this deployment marks the final patrol for several Shamal crewmembers whose tours are nearing completion.

Shamal is a 179-foot coastal patrol craft with 32 crewmembers. The Shamal was transferred from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Coast Guard on September 29, 2004.

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