PORTSMOUTH -- The Coast Guard Cutter Forward and crew returned to their homeport of Portsmouth Sunday following a 42-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea.

The Forward is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth with a crew of approximately 110 members.

The crew of the Forward transported $27.7 million worth of cocaine that was seized by a Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment stationed aboard the Navy ship USS Rentz.

Officials say the crew also participated in a multi-national maritime exercise held in Cartagena, Columbia, with naval forces from Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United Kingdom.

The Forward's crew conducted numerous maritime warfare exercises including anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine exercises and concluded with a simulated war game in which the Forward was credited with destroying two surface contacts.

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