Dependable returns to port

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CAPE MAY – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned to homeport in Cape May Monday, Dec. 23, at 11:30 a.m.

During the 29-day patrol, Dependable was tasked with enforcing marine wildlife protection laws, as well as fisheries and safety regulations, completing more than 20 boardings of commercial fishing vessels.

Throughout the patrol, when not conducting boardings, the crew held drills and training exercises.

“Having another relatively short patrol, we capitalized on good weather whenever and wherever we could to conduct boardings and enforce regulations that help protect the valuable resources these waters have to offer,” said Cmdr. John “Paul” Gregg, commanding officer of the cutter Dependable. “The crew worked very hard throughout the patrol and will spend some well-earned time off celebrating the holidays and spending time with family.”

Medium-endurance cutters like the 210-foot Dependable 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, according to officials with the Coast Guard.

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