COMING HOME SATURDAY: COAST GUARD’S “VIGOROUS”

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous is scheduled to return Saturday to their homeport of Cape May at 2:30 p.m. following a 37-day patrol of the Caribbean Sea covering more than 7,500 nautical miles.

The crew of the 210-foot Medium-endurance Cutter deployed to the Windward Pass and North Coast of Haiti in January to provide a presence and act as a deterrent for illegal migrants while also providing maritime security to the region. The cutter was also designated as the commanding unit for operations in the area and was in charge of the strategic placement of several different Coast Guard ships and aircraft

During the deployment, the crew completed tactical maneuvers and exercises with the Coast Guard MH-65 Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron based out of Jacksonville, Fla. HITRON are armed helicopters that deploy to high threat drug trafficking and high risk security areas.

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