Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane returns home following 2-month patrol

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the Portsmouth-based Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane returned home Wednesday following a 44-day counterdrug and migrant interdiction patrol in the Caribbean Sea.

The crew of the Harriet Lane previously served aboard the Cutter Legare during the patrol before their cutter was placed in drydock.

Patrol highlights include:

  • The detention of 24 Cuban Migrants
  • Conducted non-compliant vessel training with Coast Guard Station Key West, Fla.
  • Embarked an air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., to complete helicopter standardization training.
  • Participated in the disruption of cocaine trafficking in the Northern Caribbean Sea in cooperation with the Dominican Republic Naval forces.
  • Increased maritime law enforcement presence in Southeast Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands .
  • Rescued a sea turtle trapped in ghost gear off the southern coast of Puerto Rico
  • Unexpectedly extended their patrol through Christmas to meet the needs of the service

The Coast Guard’s counterdrug patrols supported Operation Martillo, an international, interagency, counter-illicit trafficking effort focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land and maritime assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and Western Hemisphere and European partner nation agencies.

The Coast Guard Cutter Legare and Harriet Lane, along with the service’s other medium endurance cutters, are slated to be replaced by a new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters that will have the endurance to operate more than 50 miles offshore to carry out the Coast Guard’s maritime security and safety missions. The OPC will be an economical, multi-mission ship, providing pursuit boat and helicopter capabilities and interagency interoperability. Its advanced technical features include modern sensors and enhanced surveillance capabilities necessary to detect threats far from U.S. shores and meet the demands of the Coast Guard’s homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement and other vital missions.


Coast Guard Cutter Legare. U.S. Coast Guard file photo.

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