Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant returns home for the holidays after successful patrol

Coast Guard District 7 NewsPORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The crew of the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant is returning to homeport Wednesday after a 52-day patrol.

The cutter left Port Canaveral Oct. 31 to patrol the Caribbean, to conduct law enforcement and search and rescue missions.

During the 52-day patrol, the Vigilant crew assisted in the safe repatriation of 65 Cuban nationals interdicted at sea, participated in a multinational operation in the Eastern Caribbean, and helped inter agency assets prosecute two drug interdiction cases off Central America.

“This was a very successful patrol in which we exercised the unique interagency and multinational partnerships in the Caribbean operating area. Our goal is to extend the rule of law to the maritime environment, deterring security threats from the sea such as drug smuggling and illegal migration. Our missions are important and fulfilling, but we are all happy to be home for the holidays,” said Vigilant’s Operations Officer, Lt. Kyle Weist.

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  1. wayne iacono says:

    Glad to see the Vigilant is still up and running. I was at the Gay Head Sta. during the Simas Kudirca defection attempt.
    Also remember her towing many fishing vessels to New Bedford,where she was homported. Beautiful ship!

  2. cgnews says:

    Simas Kudirca. That’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time, and a sad day in Coast Guard history. Tom Dunlop wrote an excellent article for Martha’s Vineyard magazine called The Defection of Simas Kurirca that tells the story of the events of that day.