Dauntless returns from winter patrol

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless (WMEC 624) is scheduled to return to Galveston, Texas, Saturday morning after conducting a 41-day patrol of the Caribbean.

Dauntless set sail in early February on a multi-mission patrol. While working under the control of Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, Florida, Dauntless patrolled to deter the maritime shipment of illegal drugs destined for the United States via the Caribbean.

On February 22nd, Dauntless intercepted the Honduran fishing vessel Miss Alyssa approximately 125 nm north of Panama. Working jointly with a Customs and Border Patrol aircraft, Joint Interagency Task Force South, and CG District 7, permission was granted by the government of Honduras to board and search the Miss Alyssa. The Dauntless boarding team spent over 40 hours on the 78 ft long fishing vessel, in which they were able to account for almost all spaces on board with the exception of several fuel and water tanks. Due to other commitments, Dauntless handed off the boarding to the CGC Forward, whose boarding team was able to access the remainder of the spaces, resulting in the seizure of approximately 700 kilograms of cocaine worth $52 million.

Dauntless, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter, was commissioned almost 40 years ago in June 1968 and is the largest U.S. Coast Guard Cutter based in Texas. Dauntless continues to fill a vital role in the Department of Homeland Security by conducting national defense and maritime homeland security missions, interdicting illegal drugs, preventing illegal immigration, and rescuing mariners in distress. On March 8th, Dauntless celebrated the 35th anniversary of the first major Coast Guard marijuana seizure from the fishing vessel Big L, which was found with more than a ton of marijuana on board. Since that seizure, Dauntless has interdicted 1,887,926 pounds of marijuana in over 80 seizures, more than any other cutter in the U. S. Coast Guard.

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