PORTSMOUTH -- The crew of the Portsmouth-based Coast Guard Cutter Forward is scheduled to return to homeport on Sunday following a 63-day patrol aboard Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba in support of Operation Unified Resolve.

Operation Unified Resolve is a counter-narcotic and alien migrant interdiction operation in the Caribbean region.

Forward's crew deployed on the Escanaba while the Forward undergoes scheduled maintenance at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore.

After cutter Escanaba returns to Portsmouth, the ship will deploy again with its original crew from Boston.

According to the Coast Guard, the 27-year-old Escanaba, along with the service's other legacy medium endurance cutters, is slated to be replaced by a new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters that will have the endurance to operate more than 50 miles offshore to carry out the Coast Guard's maritime security and safety missions.

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