Coast Guard Cutter Tampa to return home after 23-day patrol

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of a Coast Guard cutter, homeported here, is scheduled to return at noon Sunday, following a 23-day deployment to the Caribbean.

The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa’s deployment coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the launching of the first commissioned Tampa, Feb. 10, 1912.

The Tampa and crew patrolled for illegal narcotics, migrants and contraband during the deployment.

The Tampa and crew stopped in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, where they presented a Purple Heart award during a ceremony for Diane Vess in honor of her great-granduncle Charles Henry Klingelhoefer, a crewmember of the first commissioned Tampa, who was lost in combat during World War I.

The Tampa is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter.

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