Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant returns to Port Canaveral

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The crew of the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant is scheduled to return to homeport Saturday at 9 a.m., following a seven-week maritime law enforcement patrol.

The crew of the Vigilant departed Port Canaveral Aug.1 for the Florida Straits where they conducted Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue missions.

This was the Vigilant’s first patrol following an extended 8-month maintenance period which upgraded both of the pursuit boats and extended the cutter’s life expectancy. Other renovations included upgraded navigation, renewed hull plating, habitability improvements and upgraded refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

This was also the first patrol for nearly a third of the cutter’s 78-member crew who reported aboard while the ship was still undergoing renovations.

“It was great to see a crew reestablish themselves so efficiently once they had the Vigilant back,” said Cdr. Brian Fiedler, commanding officer of the Vigilant. “They worked extremely hard during the final weeks leading up to and during this patrol and I am very proud of all their accomplishments.”

Highlights of the deployment include the interdiction and humanitarian care of 77 Cuban migrants who where found at sea in inadequate seagoing vessels.

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