US Coast Guard Cutter Forward returns home following 78-day deployment in the high northern latitudes
A crowd waits to greet U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Forward's (WMEC 911) crew at the pier, Sept. 26, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Forward completed a two-and-a-half month-long patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean to support the Coast Guard Arctic Strategy and participate in the Canadian Armed Forces-led Operation Nanook 2023, an annual military exercise conducted to strengthen shared maritime objectives in the high northern latitudes. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Hillard)