The TTS Scarborough (CG42) on the day of its official commissioning in November 2021. (Image courtesy Office of the Prime Minister.)

One of the newest members of the Coast Guard’s fleet of vessels, the TTS SCARBOROUGH (CG 42), made a significant drug find on its maiden patrol in national waters, while on a search for missing persons.

A release from the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) reports that on Wednesday 22nd December 2021, the TTCG received a report of two Persons in Water (PIWs) on the East Coast of Trinidad.

“Based on this information, the Coast Guard initiated a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation that involved the use of TTS SCARBOROUGH (CG 42) and conducted initial searches of the calculated search area for the two missing PIWs,” the Coast Guard statement said.

“The Coast Guard has also engaged partner agencies, particularly bpTT, who have aided in the conduct of the SAR operation with their safety boats and other assets. The TTCG wishes to assure the families of the missing persons that searches are ongoing,” the release added.

The TTS Scarborough during sea trials.

According to the Coast Guard report, while conducting searches for the missing PIWs, the TTS SCARBOROUGH (CG 42) discovered a large plastic wrapped bale containing “plant like” material floating off the east coast of Trinidad, in the search area.

“The ‘plant like’ material, which weighed 31.5 kilograms, was handed over to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service,” the Coast Guard report confirmed.

The recently acquired Austal Cape-class patrol boats were officially commissioned on Sunday 28 November 2021, and subsequently were integrated into the TTCG’s fleet and rostered for patrols.

Both the TTS PORT OF SPAIN (CG 41) and TTS SCARBOROUGH (CG 42) embarked on their maiden operational voyages and have been engaged in maritime operations within the Territorial Waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Trinidad and Tobago, as part of the operational roles and responsibilities of the TTCG.