USCGC Tahoma Back in Portsmouth Homeport
US Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter, returned to its homeport at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Sunday after a 63-day patrol conducting operations and training in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
While on patrol, the Tahoma crew worked with the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron to successfully interdict over 1,100 pounds of cocaine with an estimated wholesale value of about $16 million dollars from a suspicious go fast vessel headed toward Puerto Rico. The cocaine and three suspected smugglers were transferred from the Tahoma to Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba for transport to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agents took them into custody. The interdiction was the result of a multi-agency law enforcement effort in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force.
The Tahoma crew also conducted extensive training, including damage control and navigation drills, boat tactics, gunnery exercises, and worked with Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and the Jacksonville, Florida based HITRON to carry out operations with the MH-60 and MH-65 helicopters.
The Tahoma is homeported at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and conducts maritime law enforcement, homeland security, and search and rescue missions in support of Coast Guard operations throughout the Western Hemisphere.