The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous is scheduled to return to its homeport of Cape May following a 50-day training and fisheries law enforcement patrol in the north Atlantic Ocean Wednesday.
The crew of the Vigorous began its deployment in late September by completing three weeks of training at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Coast Guard cutters undergo rigorous Tailored Ship’s Training Availability every 18 months to ensure its crews are proficient in operating the cutter and ready to respond to shipboard emergencies. After months of preparation, the crew of the Vigorous was evaluated by a specialized team of experienced Coast Guard and Navy inspectors in the areas of navigation, seamanship, damage control, weapons proficiency, emergency medical treatment and engineering casualty response. The crew successfully completed 118 drills and exercises with an overall average score of 96 percent. The cutter flew a straw broom from its port yardarm signifying a clean sweep, an overwhelming or decisive victory, by earning the Battle “E” Award for operational excellence in all mission areas.