Munro Returns to Alameda From Successful Drug Patrol

July 15, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) returned home to Alameda Monday following a three month counter-drug patrol in international waters off the coasts of Central and South America in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. This was Munro’s first counter-drug patrol since its commissioning in 2017, and resulted in drug seizures onboard five “panga” style vessels, one low-profile go-fast vessel, one fishing vessel, and one self-propelled semi-submersible vessel. The interdiction of the self-propelled semi-submersible on June 18th resulted in the removal of over 17000 pounds of cocaine, worth…

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Bertholf Returns to Alameda from WESTPAC

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) returned Tuesday to their homeport of Alameda following a 164-day deployment to the Western Pacific. The crew steamed nearly 32,000 nautical miles since they departed Alameda Jan. 20 amidst the partial-government shutdown. Under the tactical control of commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, the crew patrolled and conducted operations as directed including enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution Sanctions against North Korea by monitoring and gathering intelligence on vessels conducting ship-to-ship transfers in the East China, South China and Yellow Seas. Bertholf’s crew made history…

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Alameda-based Coast Guard cutters depart for Eastern and Western Pacific patrols

The Coast Guard Cutters Stratton and Waesche set sail June 12th for months-long deployments to opposite ends of the Pacific. With their departure, all four of the national security cutters homeported in Alameda are currently on patrol. The crew aboard the Waesche departed for a months-long deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean to conduct counterdrug operations. Earlier this year, Waesche returned to Alameda following a 95-day counterdrug patrol where the crew had two at-sea interdictions, seizing more than 6,300 pounds of cocaine. Stratton deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean where…

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US Coast Guard ship visits Manila

May 15, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) arrived Wednesday in Manila – the first visit by a U.S. cutter to the country in more than seven years. The visit follows a bilateral exercise with the Philippine coast guard where Bertholf and its counterparts conducted training that focused on search and rescue, maritime security and law enforcement capabilities. While in port, Bertholf crewmembers, several of whom share a Filipino heritage, will train and interact with members of the Philippine coast guard. The crew will also have opportunities…

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USCGC Bertholf Deploys on WESTPAC

January 20, 2019 – On a gray and foggy morning, tears intermingled with rain as family members braved the elements to say goodbye to the 170 crewmembers of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750), a 418-foot national security cutter, which departed Alameda, California, Sunday for a patrol in the Western Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard has an enduring role in the Indo-Pacific going back over 150 years. The service’s ongoing deployment of resources to the region directly supports U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives in the Indo-Pacific Strategy and…

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USCGC Bertholf Returns From RIMPAC 2018

September 4, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returned Tuesday to their homeport in Alameda following a nearly 90-day deployment to the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California where crewmembers participated in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018, the world’s largest multi-national naval exercise. Bertholf crewmembers executed and assisted in several boardings, humanitarian response scenarios and war-at-sea exercises during RIMPAC which were designed to strengthen international relations with allied navies. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships and five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in RIMPAC. Bertholf served as the task…

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Coast Guard welcomes newly-commissioned National Security Cutter to Alameda homeport

April 6, 2017 – US Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755), the military service’s newly-commissioned National Security Cutter, and crew arrived at its homeport at Coast Guard Island in Alameda Thursday. Munro is the sixth NSC to be commissioned and the fourth to be homeported on the West Coast in Alameda. Newer assets, such as the NSC, are heavily involved in combating Transnational Organized Crime networks. Since the first operational deployment of a National Security Cutter in Fiscal Year 2009, three Alameda-based NSCs – Waesche, Bertholf and Stratton – removed…

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