Coastguard Northland returns after 76 day tour
After a 76-day tour of the Eastern Pacific, the Cutter Northland returned to her home port on Sunday.
PORTSMOUTH Go. (WAVY) – After a 76-day tour of the Eastern Pacific, the Coast Guard Cutter Northland returned to her home port of Portsmouth on Sunday.
The mission was in support of the Eleventh Coast Guard District.
The Northland is a 270ft medium endurance cutter that regularly deploys in support of counter-narcotics, foreign migrant interdiction, fishing, search and rescue, and homeland security missions.
During this latest deployment, the ship patrolled the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean looking for vessels suspected of smuggling illegal drugs across international borders.
While on patrol, Northland intercepted two vessels suspected of illegal narcotics trafficking, resulting in the seizure of 6,223 pounds of suspected cocaine and 761 pounds of suspected marijuana.
The total value of the seizure was estimated at $83 million. Six suspects were arrested after the seizure.
On June 30, the narcotics seized were unloaded at the Miami Coast Guard base.
During her tour, Northland also conducted operations with Ecuadorian Navy and Coast Guard personnel in San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador.
It was the first time in Northland’s 38-year history that the ship had visited the Galapagos. It is also the second Coast Guard ship to anchor in the islands in more than a decade.
While passing through the Panama Canal, the Northland rescued six Cuban nationals stranded on a desert island in the Bahamas.
Northland’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Patricia M. Bennett, said, “As the last patrol in command of this vessel, I am extremely proud of the adaptability, resourcefulness and determination that this remarkable crew demonstrates every day.