HistoryWelcome aboard United States Coast Guard Cutter VENTUROUS! CGC VENTUROUS has a diverse and productive history. The VENTUROUS motto is Nemo Supra, which means “None Better.” Thirteen of sixteen “Reliance” Class cutters, VENTUROUS was built by the American Shipbuilding Company in Lorain, OH. VENTUROUS first took shape when the keel was laid May 22, 1967 and was later commissioned on September 12, 1968. Upon commissioning, VENTUROUS set sail for San Diego, CA, and arrived at her new homeport on November 23, 1968. Over the next 27 years, VENTUROUS changed homeport several times, finally settling in Astoria, OR before being decommissioned at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, MD on February 11, 1994. After completing an 18 month Major Maintenance Availability (MMA) in which VENTUROUS was outfitted with newer, modernized equipment, she was re-commissioned and assigned to her present homeport of St. Petersburg, FL on May 9, 1996.
Initially designed for Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts, VENTUROUS was involved in many SAR missions. Some daring high seas rescues include the recovery of the abandoned sailboat JAZZ LIMITED off the coast of Mexico, towing the disabled fishing vessel CRUSADER to San Diego, CA, and towing the MOON SPINNER to Pelican, AK. In 1970, VENTUROUS responded to the sinking of the fuel tanker SS CONNECTICUT. After hours of dewatering and plugging, the VENTUROUS crew was able to tow the tanker safely to shore.
VENTUROUS’ diverse background is best illustrated in her earning the Golden Dragon in 1969 and in leading the Top Sail in 1984. From June 1988 to May 1992, VENTUROUS earned three Coast Guard Unit Commendations, earned accolades for her performance in Alaskan patrols, assisted with the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill clean up and enforced fisheries laws for the preservation of our natural resources. In 1990, VENTUROUS seized four fishing vessels for violation of Russian, Canadian, and U.S. fisheries laws. In January 1999, VENTUROUS’ boarding Team discovered 9,500 pounds of cocaine on the M/V CANNES, at the time the 10th largest seizure in U.S. history. The cutter was awarded the Coast Guard Foundation Award for exemplary performance in drug and migrant interdiction operations.
Most recently, VENTUROUS was treated to her second major overhaul during 40 years of service. The cutter entered the drydock at Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, MD in late March 2007 to undergo an extensive renovation known as the Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP). This historic effort once again extended the life of our proud Legacy asset by upgrading antiquated systems and technology to better meet the operational demands of today's modern, multi-mission Coast Guard.
Today, VENTUROUS continues her distinguished service to the American public, primarily working with other Caribbean nations in pursuit of narcotics traffickers, as well as rescuing illegal migrants from the perils of the sea. In the past 14 months, the crew of VENTUROUS has been involved in a cross-section of Coast Guard missions, including noteworthy law enforcement cases such as the interdiction of 8,400 pounds of cocaine, 3,200 pounds of marijuana, the apprehension and repatriation of 950 illegal migrants, and the apprehension of numerous smugglers responsible for these illegal ventures. The crew of VENTUROUS rescued a woman adrift at sea for more than two days in the Mona Pass after the migrant vessel she was aboard capsized in the shark invested waters between Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Additionally, VENTUROUS delivered seventeen tons of humanitarian aid to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to assist victims devastated by floods. The crew of VENTUROUS demonstrated exceptional teamwork and professional talent as they safely conducted hundreds of day and night ship-helo evolutions to maintain both the shipboard landing qualifications of her crew along with flight qualifications for the Coast Guard helicopter crews. During the Tailored Annual Cutter Training (TACT), the crew of VENTUROUS displayed outstanding performance across all areas of readiness, earning the coveted Battle "E" Award for operational readiness. In addition to this superb performance history, VENTUROUS is dedicated and poised to protect the safety and security of our homeland, and to serve as good stewards of public trust.