OPBAT – Beyond the drugs

OPBAT - Beyond the drugs
Overview of the U.S. Coast Guard base and runway on the island of Great Inagua, Bahamas, Sept. 28, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson At 3:30 a.m., earlier that morning, watch standers at the Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) Operation Center, Nassau, received a call from the Great Inagua Police Department,...

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns to Virginia Beach following Eastern Caribbean patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns to Virginia Beach following Eastern Caribbean patrol
The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable transits toward the pier at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sept. 27, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake) VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned to their homeport Tuesday following a successful 53-day patrol, which focused on training, counter-drug...

Cutter Valiant returns following 6-week Operation Southeast Watch

Cutter Valiant returns following 6-week Operation Southeast Watch
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned home to Naval Station Mayport, Friday, after completing a six-week deployment to the Florida Straits and Windward Passage in support of Operation Southeast Watch. Under Operation Southeast Watch, the Cutter Valiant’s crew worked alongside interagency and international partners to humanely embark, process and care for 172 Cuban...

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable helps seize $10.1 million in illegal narcotics

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable helps seize $10.1 million in illegal narcotics
The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable seized cocaine in three cases within one week. (Coast Guard photo) Caribbean Sea – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable conducted three separate international and inter-agency counter narcotics operations that resulted in the seizure of approximately 325 kilograms of cocaine, 600 pounds of marijuana and apprehension of 15 suspected drug smugglers within...

Coast Guard rescues 4 haitians from sunken vessel

Coast Guard rescues 4 haitians from sunken vessel
MIAMI — A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued four men southeast of Great Inagua, Bahamas, from their life raft after their vessel sank Friday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center received a distress signal from an emergency positioning indicating radio beacon originating 50 nautical miles southeast of Bahamas. The watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater...

Coast Guard announces suspension of search for 2 missing teens

Coast Guard announces suspension of search for 2 missing teens
Capt. Mark Fedor announces the Coast Guard will suspend all searches for two missing 14-year-old boys at sunset during a press conference at Coast Guard Air Station Miami July 31, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons) MIAMI — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the two missing boys who departed on a fishing trip July 24, 2015. Perry Cohen and...

Coast Guard rescues man missing in Bahamas

Coast Guard rescues man missing in Bahamas
MIAMI — An aircrew with Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescued a man in the vicinity of Lake Rosa, Bahamas, Friday. Shortly after midnight, the 72-year-old fisherman was reported missing in Great Inagua, Bahamas, after not meeting in a designated place Thursday evening. The Royal Bahamian Defense Force was notified and requested Coast Guard assistance in the search for the missing man. A Coast...

Coast Guard rescues captain who reportedly fell off yacht

Coast Guard rescues captain who reportedly fell off yacht
Lt. Cdr. Samuel Babbitt, a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Ensley, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., are shown at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas, with a survivor they rescued, Wednesday, April 29, 2015.MIAMI — The captain of a 95-foot yacht was rescued by a Coast Guard aircrew after he reportedly...

Coast Guard suspends search for Virginia Tech student in the Bahamas

Coast Guard suspends search for Virginia Tech student in the Bahamas
USCG file photo MIAMI – The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a cruise ship passenger who reportedly fell overboard from a 6th deck balcony early Sunday morning. Cameron Smook, a 21-year-old student at Virginia Tech, reportedly fell overboard from the cruise ship Carnival Glory approximately 5 miles south of Abaco Island, Bahamas. Upon notification from the cruise ship, the Coast Guard launched...