PORTSMOUTH -- Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous arrived at its new homeport at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on Friday.

Vigorous is the first of two Medium Endurance Cutters from Cape May, New Jersey to be relocated to Little Creek. The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable is scheduled to arrive in 2015.

'Our 76 member crew looks forward to our new home port of Little Creek and the opportunities it will present,' said Cmdr. Terry Johns, Vigorous commanding officer.

The addition of two Medium Endurance Cutters will significantly increase the Coast Guard's operational presence in the Mid-Atlantic Region, officials said.

The decision to relocate Vigorous was prompted by the deteriorating pier conditions at Cape May's pier three.

The Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter is a new Coast Guard patrol boat that is capable of deploying independently to conduct missions that include port, waterways and coastal security.

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