Cutter Campbell crew returns home after fisheries patrol and REFTRA

KITTERY, Maine – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returned home to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard here Monday after a seven-week patrol.

During the patrol, the Campbell crew conducted nine boardings aboard fishing vessels and merchant ships, and participated in several training exercises.

“The crew performed exceedingly well in a wide variety of missions and conditions, from fisheries enforcement in the North Atlantic to homeland security operations in the approaches to Boston,” said Cmdr. Jim Munro, the commanding officer of Campbell.

For three weeks of the deployment the crew of the 270-foot cutter conducted exercises in Little Creek, Va., practicing ship-board firefighting, gunnery exercises, towing evolutions, and fueling at sea, scoring an average of 96 percent on all drills.

“After the rigors of dodging Nor’easters for a month in the coastal and offshore waters of New England, they adeptly shifted gears and excelled through three weeks of intense seamanship and damage control exercises in and around the Chesapeake Bay,” Munro said.

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