Mohawk returns to homeport after patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk file photo

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk file photo

KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk crew returned Friday following a one month law enforcement and training patrol in the Caribbean Sea in support of Operations Southern Watch and Yucatan Sentinel.

During the patrol, the crew stopped and rescued 113 illegal Haitian migrants with the help of an embarked Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, two Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews and the Haitian Coast Guard.

“This patrol afforded us an excellent opportunity to not only bolster our qualifications and capabilities but also strengthen our relationships with our allies in the Caribbean,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ben Spector, executive officer, cutter Mohawk. “These relationships are critical to brining security and safety to a maritime region in which we all have a vested interest.”

The crew of the Mohawk also intercepted five suspected drug smugglers carrying an estimated 3,000 pounds of marijuana aboard their vessel.

During the patrol the cutter crew also worked alongside the Mexican Naval patrol boat Tulum conducting law enforcement exercises in a joint partnership between the U.S. and Mexico to deter and prevent illegal activity in the region.

The Mohawk was commissioned in 1990 as the last of the 13 270-foot Famous class medium-endurance cutters. The cutter is homeported in Key West.

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