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Coast Guard Cutter Valiant to return in time for Thanksgiving
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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant will return to its homeport of Mayport on Wednesday after a 50-day deployment, bringing the crew back just in time for Thanksgiving.

The Valiant and its crew spent the past 50 days on deployment in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a news release from the United States Coast Guard.

The 80-member crew conducted counter-narcotics, living marine resource and border protection mission in support of the Department of Homeland Security.

While deployed, the release said the crew ensured the maritime safety, security and stewardship of the commercial fishing vessel industry along the Gulf Coast.

During the deployment, the Valiant's crew inspected more than 160,000 pounds of shrimp. The shrimp's total market value is nearly $800,000. Crew members conducted 20 at-sea boardings to conduct the inspections.

As a result of their inspections, 68 fisheries and safety violations were issued. Through their enforcement efforts, the Coast Guard said compliance with laws promoting sustainable fisheries and protection of fishing vessel crews against maritime hazards is ensured.

The Valiant also achieved a milestone while deployed in the Gulf of Mexico. While underway, the Coast Guard honored the cutter's 45 years of service since it was first commissioned Nov. 3, 1967.

To honor the Valiant's history, crew members made two port visits to the city of Galveston, Texas, the cutter's homeport from 1967 to 1991.

Commander Stephen Buraian, commanding officer Coast Guard Cutter Valiant, said, "Valiant has a long history of service in the Gulf of Mexico. I'm very proud of this crew as we were able to continue that legacy of excellence."

In August, the Valiant switched homeports from Miami Beach to Naval Station Mayport.

For more information about the Valiant, visit http://www.uscg.mil/lantarea/cgcValiant/default.asp.

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