Breaking 911: CHARLESTON, S.C. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton returned home Sunday to Charleston after completing an 80-day patrol throughout the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
The crew offloaded $324 million worth of cocaine and marijuana Friday at Port Everglades.
Hamilton’s crew, along with an aviation detachment from the Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron began their deployment in late January by serving as the first National Security Cutter to participate in a Navy Composite Training Unit Exercise. For three weeks, Hamilton integrated with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group Ten to test the strike group’s ability to carry out sustained combat operations at sea. Hamilton’s commanding officer, Captain Timothy Cronin, said the event highlighted the unique capabilities of the Coast Guard’s 418-foot National Security Cutter. read more