Family, friends welcome the crew of the Aspen home

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — Following the Veteran’s Day holiday, family, friends and well-wishers welcomed back the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported at Yerba Buena Island, Calif., today.

The San Francisco-based cutter and its crew returned from a five and a half month deployment in support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This is the longest the crew has been away from the Bay Area. In the Gulf, the crew conducted oil skimming missions and helped direct operations between the Mississippi Delta and Panama City, Fla., collecting 137,800 gallons of oily water mixture during the response.

“Although it has definitely been difficult for the families and friends of the Aspen crew since they were deployed five and a half months ago,” said Jessica Woods, ombudsman for the Aspen and spouse of crewmember Chief Petty Officer Scott Woods. “We know that their mission made a difference, and we are proud of each one of them. It’s great to have them home, especially in time for the holidays.”

Following time spent with family, the 41-member crew of the “Tender of the the Lost Coast” will be back conducting missions and servicing the aids to navigation in the Bay Area.

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