Friday, December 07, 2012

Coast Guard - PHOTO UPDATE: Coast Guard cutter returns to homeport following $55 million drug bust

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PHOTO UPDATE: Coast Guard cutter returns to homeport following $55 million drug bust

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Portsmouth-based Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned home Friday following a 51-day counterdrug patrol in the Caribbean Sea.

The crew of the Tampa departed Portsmouth on Oct. 17.
Tampa's patrol highlights include:
The Coast Guard's counterdrug patrols supported Operation Martillo, an international, interagency, counterdrug trafficking effort focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land and maritime assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and Western Hemisphere and European partner nation agencies.
The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, along with the service's 26 other medium endurance cutters, i slated to be replaced by a new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters that will have the endurance to operate more than 50 miles offshore to carry out the Coast Guard's maritime security and safety missions. The OPC will be an economical, multi-mission ship, providing pursuit boat and helicopter capabilities and interagency interoperability. Its advanced technical features include modern sensors and enhanced surveillance capabilities necessary to detect threats far from U.S. shores and meet the demands of the Coast Guard’s homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement and other vital missions.
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Date: Dec 7, 2012

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