Cutter Tampa returns home from 64 day Caribbean patrol

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (D5 Public Affairs)- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter TAMPA returns to Portsmouth today following a successful 64 day patrol to the Caribbean.

TAMPA began the patrol conducting migrant operations in the Florida Straits, and later traveled to the shores of Haiti where they teamed up with the Royal Bahamian Defense Force to prevent illegal migrants and drugs from entering the Bahamas and the United States.

In addition to a partnership with the Bahamas, TAMPA had the unique opportunity to work closely with the Jamaican Defense Force Coast Guard on similar counter-drug and human trafficking operations. While on a port call in Jamaica, TAMPA crewmembers volunteered to take part in a community service project, affecting much-needed renovations to the West Haven Childrens Home, a facility for disabled children in Montego Bay. The Montego Bay-East Rotary Club expressed their sincere appreciation by presenting a “Meritorious Award for Service Above Self” to TAMPAs Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Kevin Lopez, for TAMPAs dedication and commitment to the community.

TAMPA also took part in three search and rescue cases during the patrol. All cases involved persons who had fallen in the water; TAMPA searched diligently for several days in search of the victims.

TAMPA is one of six 270-foot Coast Guard Cutters homeported in Portsmouth

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