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Press Release | April 21, 2023

MEDIA ADVISORY: USCGC Stone returns home following 105-day multi-mission patrol

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The crew of the USCGC Stone (WMSL 758) is scheduled to return to their home port in North Charleston, Sunday, following a 105-day patrol in the South Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Florida Straits in support of U.S. Southern Command for Operation Southern Cross and Coast Guard Homeland Security Task Force – Southeast for Operation Vigilant Sentry.

WHO: Capt. Clinton Carlson, Stone’s commanding officer, and crew members

WHAT: Stone and crew returning to home port after completing 105-day maritime safety and security patrol

WHERE: Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Visitor Center, Chaffee St, North Charleston, South Carolina 29405

WHEN: 1 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 2023

Editor’s Note: Media are asked to RSVP no later than 8:30 p.m. Saturday with Atlantic Area Public Affairs at 757-202-3448 or by emailing Interested media are requested to arrive no later than 12:15 p.m. Sunday with a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance to be processed through security. 

While underway, Stone’s crew worked to counter illicit maritime activities, strengthen regional maritime sovereignty and facilitate the safety of life at sea.

During Operation Southern Cross, Stone conducted operations to counter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU-F) by partnering with South American countries to provide maritime domain awareness and information sharing on potential IUU-F vessels and other illicit maritime activity.

Stone’s crew also completed port visits in Montevideo, Uruguay, Suape and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The crew hosted multiple high-visibility events including maritime domain awareness round table discussions with senior government officials, key leader engagements and community relations events. The visits culminated in diplomatic receptions aboard Stone, including the U.S. Ambassadors to Brazil and Uruguay and senior government and military officials from the respective countries.