Newest National Security Cutter Seizes Over a Ton of Cocaine

The cabin of a low-profile go-fast vessel interdicted July 25, 2019 by U.S. authorities in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean shows the controls of the purpose-built smuggling vessel which is designed to ride low in the water to avoid detection by law enforcement authorities. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMLS 757) crew members seized more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine from the interdicted vessel during the cutter’s transit from the Pascagoula shipyard where Midgett was built to the cutter’s future homeport in Honolulu where the cutter is scheduled for commissioning during a dual-commissioning ceremony August 24, 2019 with Midgett’s sister ship the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756). U.S. Coast Guard photo.
A boarding team member from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) holds a kilo of contraband seized from a low-profile go-fast vessel interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, July 26, 2019. The Coast Guard’s boarding team seized more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine from the suspected drug-smuggling vessel during the cutter’s transit from the Pascagoula shipyard where Midgett was built to the cutter’s future homeport in Honolulu where the cutter is scheduled for commissioning during a dual-commissioning ceremony August 24, 2019 with Midgett’s sister ship the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756). U.S. Coast Guard photo.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) seen with a low-profile go-fast vessel interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean July 26, 2019. Midgett crew members boarded the suspected drug-smuggling vessel seizing more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine during the cutter’s transit from the Pascagoula shipyard where Midgett was built to the cutter’s future homeport in Honolulu where the cutter is scheduled for commissioning during a dual-commissioning ceremony August 24, 2019 with Midgett’s sister ship the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756). U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Bales of cocaine fill a cargo hold within a low-profile go-fast drug smuggling vessel interdicted by U.S. authorities in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean July, 25, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMLS 757) crew members seized more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine from the interdicted vessel during the cutter’s transit from the Pascagoula shipyard where Midgett was built to the cutter’s future homeport in Honolulu where the cutter is scheduled for commissioning during a dual-commissioning ceremony August 24, 2019 with Midgett’s sister ship the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756). U.S. Coast Guard photo.
A boarding team member from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) inspects contraband discovered within a suspected drug smuggling vessel interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, July 26, 2019. Midgett crew members boarded the low-profile go-fast vessel seizing more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine during the cutter’s transit from the Pascagoula shipyard where Midgett was built to the cutter’s future homeport in Honolulu where the cutter is scheduled for commissioning during a dual-commissioning ceremony August 24, 2019 with Midgett’s sister ship the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756). U.S. Coast Guard photo.