Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous returns from 5-week patrol

USCG file photo

CAPE MAY, N.J. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous is scheduled to return Saturday to their homeport of Cape May at 2:30 p.m. following a 37-day patrol of the Caribbean Sea covering more than 7,500 nautical miles.

The crew of the 210-foot Medium-endurance Cutter deployed to the Windward Pass and North Coast of Haiti in January to provide a presence and act as a deterrent for illegal migrants while also providing maritime security to the region. The cutter was also designated as the commanding unit for operations in the area and was in charge of the strategic placement of several different Coast Guard ships and aircraft

During the deployment, the crew completed tactical maneuvers and exercises with the Coast Guard MH-65 Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron based out of Jacksonville, Fla. HITRON are armed helicopters that deploy to high threat drug trafficking and high risk security areas.

“The Coast Guard’s mission success depends on multiple ships and aircraft working together to accomplish the same goals,” said Lt. j.g. Matt Lane, a crewmember on the Vigorous. “Our missions cannot be completed unless there is good coordination and communication amongst each unit. These exercises are paramount to the law enforcement and successful interdiction of illegal smuggling at sea.”

Since the earthquake that occurred in January 2010, the Coast Guard has provided continuing support and assistance to the Haitian government to prevent the loss of life at sea and provide support to the ongoing relief efforts. This year, the Coast Guard has interdicted more than 240 Haitian migrants at sea. The crew of the Vigorous continues to support this mission by providing humanitarian support and security for Haiti.

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  1. Cindi Pape says:

    Congratulations Ladies and Gentlemen for a job well done. I am proud to be the mother of a “Shipmate”

  2. Vicki Hand says:

    I am so proud of everyone on board. It was rough seas starting out, but you succeeded your mission and a job well done. I too am a mom of a crew member. You ALL make me very proud! A heartfelt Thank You for keeping our waters and boarders safe. Semper Paratus!