Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns home from Caribbean Sea

The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable transits toward the pier at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sept. 27, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned home Tuesday, following a 53-day patrol to the Caribbean Sea.

The Dependable’s deployment focused on training, counter-drug and migrant missions. Coast Guard officials say the crew patrolled from the Florida Straits and throughout the Caribbean Sea, performing Homeland Security missions.

The crew helped the Royal Bahamian Defense Force last week in the rescue of nine survivors from a ship that had run aground on a reef just south of Great Inagua, Bahamas.

Crews searched for six hours before finding the survivors.

“This patrol provided a great opportunity to work with many of our partner nations who share an interest in curbing illegal maritime activity in the Western Hemisphere.” said Cmdr. Bob Little, Dependable’s commanding officer.