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Press Release | Feb. 16, 2023

Media Advisory: USCGC Legare to return home following multi-mission Caribbean Sea patrol

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of USCGC Legare (WMEC 912) is scheduled to return to their homeport in Portsmouth, Friday, following a 63-day patrol to conduct migrant interdiction and counterdrug operations in the Florida Straits and Caribbean Sea, which included the interdiction and care of over 1,309 migrants at sea.

WHO: Cmdr. Jeremy Greenwood, Legare's commanding officer, and Legare's crew

WHAT: Legare and crew members return home after completing a 63-day maritime safety and security patrol

WHERE: Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, 4000 Coast Guard Blvd., Portsmouth, VA, 23703

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17, 2023

Editor's Note: Media are asked to RSVP no later than 6 p.m. Thursday with Atlantic Area Public Affairs at 757-202-3448 or by emailing Interested media are requested to arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. Friday with a valid driver's license and proof of insurance in order to be processed through security.

During the patrol, Legare’s crew rescued people from 23 different unseaworthy vessels. Notably, Legare’s crew located and interdicted 396 migrants on a single, overcrowded 50-foot vessel.

Legare is a 270-foot, Famous-class medium endurance cutter with a crew of 108. The cutter’s primary mission areas include homeland security, law enforcement, counterdrug, search and rescue, migrant interdiction, and fisheries enforcement in support of U.S. Coast Guard operations throughout the Western Hemisphere.