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Press Release | March 29, 2023

Media Advisory: USCGC Northland to return home following 62-day Florida Straits and Windward Passage patrol


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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the USCGC Northland (WMEC 904) is scheduled to return to their home port in Portsmouth, Thursday, following a 62-day maritime safety and security patrol in the Florida Straits and Windward Passage.

WHO: CDR. Andrew B. Dennelly, Northland’s commanding officer, and crew members

WHAT: Northland and crew returning to home port after completing 62-day maritime safety and security patrol

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

WHEN: 10 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 2023

Editor's Note: Media are asked to RSVP no later than 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with Atlantic Area Public Affairs at 757-614-9755 or by emailing Interested media are requested to arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. Thursday with a valid driver's license and proof of insurance in order to be processed through security. 

Northland’s crew interdicted multiple unsafe and overloaded migrant vessels during the patrol, providing food, water, shelter and medical aid to 515 migrants. In one case, Northland partnered with additional Coast Guard air and surface assets to intercept an overloaded, tugboat-style vessel attempting to reach the United States. In another case, Northland was one of the primary assets to respond to a report of multiple people in the water just south of Key West, Florida, rescuing 27 migrants.