Cutter Forward returns to Portsmouth

Coast Guard Cutter Forward; Photo courtesy of United States Coast Guard

Coast Guard Cutter Forward; Photo courtesy of United States Coast Guard

Portsmouth, Va. – The Coast Guard Cutter Forward and crew returned to their homeport of Portsmouth Sunday following a 42-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea, officials tell NewsChannel 3.

During the deployment, the Forward’s crew participated in UNITAS 2013, a multi-national maritime exercise held in Cartagena, Columbia, with naval forces from Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United Kingdom.

ā€œUNITAS provided an invaluable human experience where our crew met face-to-face and worked side-by-side with crews from many partner nations,” said Cmdr. Gregory Wisener, commanding officer of the Forward. “UNITAS has been an invaluable professional development event.ā€

During UNITAS the Forward’s crew conducted numerous maritime warfare exercises including anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine exercises and concluded with a simulated war game in which the Forward was credited with destroying two surface contacts.

The crew of the Forward also transported $27.7 million worth of cocaine that was seized by a Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment stationed aboard the Navy ship USS Rentz.

The Forward is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth with a crew of approximately 110 members.

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