Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returns home after deterring migrants, responding to hurricanes

October 26, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington on Friday, following a 60-day patrol in the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The Diligence’s crew performed counter-drug and migrant interdiction in the northern Caribbean Sea and post-hurricane responses in North Carolina and Florida. The crew began their patrol in the Windward Passage between the west coast of Haiti and the east coast of Cuba to deter and respond to mass migration. Their presence served to discourage the departure of unstable and overloaded sailing freighters and kept them…

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Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton oversees Surface Action Group South during Hurricane Florence response

September 20, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) oversaw five Coast Guard cutter in the Surface Action Group South during Hurricane Florence response efforts. The SAG South conducted post storm damage assessments of the Cape Fear River, Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina. The combined efforts of the cutter Hamilton, Coast Guard Cutters Harriet Lane (WMEC-903), Northland (WMEC-904), Dependable (WMEC-626), Spencer (WMEC-905) and Richard Snyder (WPC-1127), assisted in the reconstitution of Coast Guard Stations Oak Island and Fort Macon. The SAG South also conducted port assessments for…

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U.S. Northern Command Positioned to Respond following Hurricane Florence

September 15, 2018 – United States Northern Command, its component and subordinate commands, Department of Defense partners, the military services and the National Guard are actively supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, states and local partners in response to the recently-downgraded Hurricane Florence. “We have quite literally surrounded the affected area with DoD capability that will be critical in hours and days following the storm’s impact. Secretary Mattis’ guidance to me is clear: We are anticipating the needs,” said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S.…

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USFF Directs Norfolk Ships to Sortie Ahead of Florence, Installations Set TCCOR III

September 8, 2018 – Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered all Navy ships in the Hampton Roads area to set Sortie Condition Alpha; ships are completing final preparations and will begin to sortie Sept. 10, ahead of Hurricane Florence. There are nearly 30 ships preparing to get underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek as Hurricane Florence is forecasted to bring high winds and rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast. Ships will be directed to areas of the Atlantic where they will be best postured for storm…

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