Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returning from 30-day patrol

Stopped 129 migrants trying to enter U.S. by sea

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MAYPORT, Fla. - The 80-member crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant will return home to Mayport on Wednesday after completing a four week deployment in the Straits of Florida.

It participated in Operation Blue Hammer, which focused on finding individuals attempting to illegally enter the United States by sea.

During the patrol, the Valiant crew stopped and processed 129 migrants and issued two notices of violation for U.S.-flagged vessels attempting to enter Cuba without proper documentation.

The Valiant crew also conducted aviation and seamanship training to maintain readiness and proficiency with an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Miami and Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish, an 87-foot patrol boat out of Key West.

The crew also celebrated the re-enlistment of a third class petty officer, an advancement to chief petty officer and an officer promotion.

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