KITTERY, Maine -- Coast Guard officials say the cutter Tahoma is back at its homeport in Maine after a 50-day training mission they say also saved 53 lives.
Authorities say the Tahoma intercepted four migrant vessels during a patrol that included interdicting migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally. Officials do not pinpoint the location of the interceptions.
They say the ship also offered humanitarian care.
Much of the ship's voyage was spent in Mayport, Florida, training for emergency situations and other operational scenarios.
The Tahoma's homeport is the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The boat has a crew of 14 officers and 86 enlisted men and women who conduct maritime law enforcement, homeland security, and search and rescue missions throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Tahoma was commissioned in 1988.