Something Different Here “Coast Guard Cutter Legare returns home after 50 day counter-narcotics deployment” –D5

Coast Guard Cutter Legare (WMEC 912) patrols in the Caribbean in April 2021. The cutter was deployed in support of Operation Unified Resolve/Martillo under the tactical control of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) and the Seventh Coast Guard District. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

This would be a routine patrol except for this,

“While on patrol, the Legare provided surface support to Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters that were forward-deployed to Air Station Borinquen, which specialize in airborne interdiction tactics. With the combined efforts of JIATF-S and allied nation assets, the Legare disrupted over $23.5 million dollars in contraband while patrolling known smuggling routes south of the Dominican Republic.”

This may be in response to difficulties keeping H-65s operational. The 270s were always supposed to able to operate H-60s and the Coast Guard has recently added the tail fold feature to some H-60s that will make them easier to hangar. It is not clear if the MH-60 was hangared or if it even operated off Lagare.

Comments from those who may know would be welcomed.

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