Congressman Matt Gaetz Welcomes Coast Guard Cutter “DECISIVE” to Pensacola Naval Air Station
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today issued the following statement in response to the arrival of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “DECISIVE,” a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter, to its new homeport of Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida’s First Congressional District.
Additionally, the Coast Guard is planning to make shore infrastructure improvements to accommodate the “DECISIVE,” as well as the “DAUNTLESS,” which is scheduled for delivery in July. Each cutter requires a crew of 76 Coast Guardsmen, and conducts a variety of missions, including search and rescue, defense readiness, and combatting drug trafficking.
“I am pleased to congratulate the Coast Guard on the delivery of a 210-foot cutter “DECISIVE” to the Pensacola Naval Air Station. In 2016, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Navy, seized more than 26 tons of cocaine — an amount worth at least $715 million.
Members of the military in our district and around the world dedicate themselves to defending America. Having 152 members of the Coast Guard protecting our waters and the homeland is wonderful news for the area. It will enhance the security of our shores, and strengthen Northwest Florida’s military presence.
Our region is home to thousands of families who are here because of the military. While I know that moving can be stressful for military families, it is up to us to greet the new members of our community with open arms, and on behalf of Florida’s First District, I would like to wish them a very warm welcome!
In Florida, our military roots run deep. The armed forces play a vital role in our community. I am certain that these newest members of our military community will fit right into the warm and welcoming environment of Northwest Florida,” Rep. Gaetz said.
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