The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Confidence is home after a 60-day deployment during which the crew processed migrants, helped rescue disabled vessels and monitored drug trafficking operations in the Windward Passage and Florida Straits.
The Confidence returned Friday to its homeport at Cape Canaveral, Fla., according to an agency news release.
“Confidence’s crew demonstrated exceptional commitment and skill throughout the patrol,” Cmdr. Thomas Martin said. “I am incredibly proud of the Confidence crew for exemplifying the cutter motto ‘Measure of Excellence’ in all facets of this patrol.”
During this deployment, Confidence:
Interdicted and oversaw the humanitarian treatment and processing of 65 migrants from various countries of origin.
Assisted a damaged American-flagged vessel low in fuel off the coast of Haiti. Confidence provided critical supplies to the vessel to ensure the safe voyage to its final destination.
Confidence is a 210-foot, Reliance-class medium endurance cutter. The primary missions are counter drug operations, migrant interdiction, enforcement of federal fishery laws, and search and rescue in support of U.S. Coast Guard operations throughout the Western Hemisphere.
In September, Confidence seized over 12,000 pounds of cocaine in Miami, worth more than $160 million. The drugs were seized in nine different interdictions in the Caribbean Sea, and 17 suspected smugglers were taken into custody.