Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns to Virginia Beach after successful rescues, drug bust

Posted at 12:45 PM, Sep 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-04 12:45:23-04

Virginia Beach, Va. – The United States Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned to JEB-Little Creek Fort Story on August 23rd after a 38-day patrol south of Florida.

The cutter patrolled the area for a total of 6,600 nautical miles from the Florida Straights to the north Caribbean Sea in an effort to halt the flow of illegal migrants and illicit drugs into the United States.

Aug. 3: Dependable’s law enforcement team interdicted a go-fast vessel smuggling narcotics north of Jamaica, detained four narcotics traffickers, and seized 650 lbs., of marijuana packaged in 25 bales with a street value of approximately $600,000. The four suspected smugglers and narcotics were escorted to Miami, Florida, arriving Aug. 21 for the drug offload and U.S. prosecution.

Jul. 31: Dependable’s crew rendered humanitarian aid to rescue two men lost at sea when their vessel ran out of fuel, food, and water. The two men were cared, medically evaluated and safely transferred to Dominican Republic authorities.

Jul. 22: Dependable’s crew processed, cared for, and facilitated the repatriation of 88 illegal migrants attempting to transit the Florida Straits en route to South Florida.

The Cutter Dependable was previously stationed in Cape May but moved homeports to Virginia Beach on May 30th.