Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returns from 64-day deployment

1st Coast Guard District NewsPortsmouth, NH — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returned Thursday to their homeport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire after a 64-day deployment in the Caribbean Sea.

During the deployment, the 100-member crew of the Tahoma worked under tactical control of Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico and conducted flight operations, patrolled drug and migration, conducted sea boarding, and assisted in the transfer or repatriation of 26 Haitian migrants.

The crew also participated in training and law enforcement operations, migrant interdiction and counterdrug operations in support of Operation Unified Resolve, and conducted Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA). TSTA is an intensive training and assessment period where the crew conducts drills for engineering casualty response, damage control, seamanship, navigation, anti-terrorism force protection, surface and air warfare, and medical response.

The Coast Guard’s efforts under Operation Unified Resolve contribute to the interagency results being achieved under Operation Caribbean Guard. The operation consists of the Coast Guard, DHS, and commonwealth and territorial law enforcement partners, working diligently to deter, detect and disrupt illicit maritime trafficking to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The crewmembers completed a total of 148 drills and exercises, earning the prestigious Battle “E” for excellence in five areas of professional expertise.

“Tahoma had an exciting patrol conducting intensive training in Mayport, Florida, and law enforcement operations in the Caribbean Sea. We enjoyed working with our DHS partners in support of Operation Unified Resolve,” said Capt. Gregory D. Wisener, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma. “I am exceptionally proud of this enthusiastic crew of professionals for their outstanding performance during the nine week patrol.”

The Tahoma, along with the other Coast Guard medium endurance cutters, is slated to be replaced by a new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs). The OPC’s will be economical, multi-mission ships with pursuit boat and helicopter capabilities, and interagency interoperability.

The Tahoma is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter out of Portsmouth that has been in service since 1987. The vessel and crew execute maritime law enforcement, homeland security, and search and rescue missions in support of Coast Guard operations throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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