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Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returns home to Boston after 58-days at sea

by Coast Guard First District Northeast News on 16 May 2017
Coast Guard Cutter Seneca overlooks their small boat crew as they board a go-fast boat in the Pacific Ocean. The crew of the Seneca intercepted five smuggling vessels carrying cocaine from South America bound for the United States. U.S. Coast Guard
Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returned to their homeport in Boston Monday after a 58-day counter-drug patrol in the Western Caribbean Sea.

During the patrol, the crew transported over 1,500 kilograms (3,306 pounds) of cocaine from Coast Guard and foreign assets who were a part of a coalition of agencies known as a Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF). In addition, the cutter’s crew transported 20 detainees and nearly 2,600 pounds of marijuana for further disposition.

“Our crew did some outstanding work this patrol and provided critical support to the overall U.S. effort in the Caribbean,” said Cmdr. Alan B. McCabe, commanding officer of the Seneca. “The crew took pride in their work and demonstrated the professionalism that Seneca is known for.”

The Seneca crew also responded to two search and rescue cases. The crew successfully dewatered a recreational vessel off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and assisted local authorities in rescuing a family from a 46-foot pleasure craft, which caught fire off the coast of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Seneca is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter with a crew complement of 13 officers and 90 enlisted personnel.
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