Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returns to homeport after 50-day patrol

7th Coast Guard District News
MIAMI – The crew of the 210-foot, Miami-based Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned home Saturday at 9 a.m. concluding a 50-day deployment in the northern Caribbean.

The crew of the cutter Valiant conducted a counter-narcotics deployment in the Caribbean and a 21-day shipboard training period focusing on shipboard damage response and cutter navigation out of Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

On April 11, while on routine patrol, the Valiant crew intercepted a raft adrift south of Key West, Fla., with six Cuban migrants aboard. The cutter’s crew rescued the six migrants onboard the unseaworthy raft and transferred them to a Coast Guard patrol boat for repatriation.

On April 16, the cutter Valiant received a report of a vessel in distress west of Cuba. The cutter conducted a search and located the disabled fishing vessel, Capt Nephi. The vessel experienced an engine casualty, and due to a split seam in her hull, was taking on water. The cutter Valiant took the vessel in tow and deployed a rescue and assistance team to dewater the vessel. Dewatering the vessel throughout the night, the cutter towed the vessel 80 miles to Cancun, Mexico. The following morning, Valiant’s rescue and assistance team made temporary repairs to Capt Nephi’s split seam and transferred the vessel to the Mexican Navy.

On April 18, the Valiant’s watchstanders detected a northbound go-fast vessel off the coast of Honduras. Embedded aboard the cutter Valiant, crewmembers of the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville and two small boatcrews from the cutter launched stopping the vessel after a 20-minute pursuit. After interdicting the vessel, Valiant crewmembers transferred the vessel and crew to Honduran authorities.

The Valiant’s crew primarily conducts counter drug and undocumented migrant interdiction patrols.

The cutter Valiant is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Miami.

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