The crew aboard the Escanaba maneuvers during a UNITAS exercise in the Atlantic Ocean Sept. 23. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

The Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba returned to its homeport Saturday, October 20, after heading south for an international naval exercise and immigration enforcement operations.

Escanaba, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, joined 13 other international naval vessels in the UNITAS Atlantic naval exercise sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command and hosted by the U.S. Navy Fourth Fleet.

UNITAS is the longest-running and largest maritime exercise aimed to enhance interoperability between maritime forces. The 2-week exercise was designed to train participants in a variety of maritime scenarios.

Escanaba’s crew generally conduct search and rescue missions, enforces fisheries regulations and performs drug and migrant interdictions.

After UNITAS, Escanaba resumed its migrant interdiction operations. In the remaining weeks of its 52-day patrol, Escanaba successfully interdicted 3 migrant vessels and detained 47 Cuban migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States.

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