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Cutter Active back in Port Angeles

May 8th, 2014 - 2:27pm

(Port Angeles) -- The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Active returned Tuesday to their homeport of Port Angeles following a 70-day deployment.

During their deployment, the cutter and crew covered more than 11,500 miles on a counter drug enforcement patrol in the Eastern Pacific.

The Active’s crew led by Commander Phillip Crigler of Mobile, Alabama, conducted law enforcement operations off the coast of Central America in March and April.

The crew conducted multiple at sea boardings seizing more than 23-hundred pounds of cocaine worth an estimated 37-million dollars.

While on a port call in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to resupply the cutter, Active’s crew participated in a community relations event.

The crew painted and helped set up a playground at the local Children’s Cancer Center. Active’s crew also hosted members of the local Navy League and American legion for tours.

Active's executive officer, Lieutenant Commander Erik Helgen says the effort that the men and women of Active put forth to serve their nation and each other goes well above and beyond the call of duty.

Active is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter. Medium endurance cutters like the Active are built for multi-week offshore patrols including operations requiring enhanced communications, and helicopter and pursuit boat operations, which provide a key capability for homeland security missions at sea.

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