Cutter Dependable returns after rescues, drug busts

The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned to homeport Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story last week after an eventful cruise that involved drug busts and humanitarian rescues.

During its 38 days at sea, the Dependable was involved in the successful seizure of 650 lbs. of marijuana and stopped drug smugglers off the coast of Jamaica.

“I’m very proud of the Dependable crew,” said Cmdr. Bob Little, Cutter Dependable’s commanding officer. “The crew demonstrated exceptional fortitude during this short but demanding patrol, deterring and interdicting threats to the homeland, such as human and narcotics trafficking, far from our shores.  I hope our efforts will help to dismantle the criminal networks that benefit from these illegal activities.”

Highlights from Coast Guard Cutter Dependable’s mission include:

July 22: Dependable’s crew processed, cared for, and facilitated the repatriation of 88 illegal migrants attempting to go to South Florida.

July 31: Dependable’s crew rescued two men lost at sea without food, fuel, or water. The two men were cared for and transferred to the Dominican Republic.

August 3: The Dependable intercepted 25 bales of marijuana with a street value of around $600,000 and escorted the four suspected smugglers to Miami for legal action.

The Dependable has a crew of 75 that conducts homeland security missions and other operations in the Western Hemisphere coastal waters from the US and Canadian coast off New England to the Caribbean Sea.