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Press Release | July 12, 2023

Media Availability: USCGC Legare to return home following a 69-day patrol in the Florida Straits

PORTSMOUTH, Va. —The crew of the USCGC Legare (WMEC 912) is scheduled to return to their home port in Portsmouth Thursday following a 69-day maritime safety and security patrol in the Florida Straits.

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

WHAT: Legare and crew members return home after completing a 69-day maritime safety and security patrol

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

WHEN: Thursday, 9 a.m., July 13, 2023

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

Legare deployed in support of Homeland Security Task Force – Southeast and Operation Vigilant Sentry in the Seventh Coast Guard District’s area of responsibility. Legare’s crew interdicted seven different migrant vessels attempting a dangerous and irregular journey to the United States. Legare’s crew processed, cared for and repatriated 116 migrants.

During the patrol, Legare also worked alongside other Coast Guard assets to protect the safety of life at sea, including rescuing a man after his 37-foot sailing vessel became disabled 86 miles off Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Legare is a 270-foot, Famous-class medium endurance cutter. 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.