Astoria-based Coast Guard cutter returns to port after 60-day patrol

December 5, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned to homeport Thursday following a 60-day counter drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Steadfast crewmembers steamed over 10,500 miles, conducted over 100 readiness drills, enforced maritime safety and security and deterred illicit narcotics movements in the region. The 210-foot cutter provided maritime domain awareness and served as an on…

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USCGC Steadfast returns home after $311 million cocaine seizure

July 31, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-632) returned home July 30th to Astoria following a 56-day counternarcotic patrol to the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The crew interdicted five suspected smuggling vessels, including three pangas, a fishing vessel and a sailboat, and the crew recovered floating bales of contraband yielding more than 23,000 of cocaine. The Steadfast crew offload more…

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USCGC Alert Returns Home From Drug Patrol

February 4, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned home Friday following a 60-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, seizing more than $83 million worth of cocaine during the deployment. The crew interdicted two suspected drug smuggling vessels, yielding more than 5,700 pounds of seized cocaine while patrolling international waters in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South. Seven…

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Astoria-based Coast Guard cutter to celebrate 50 years of maritime service

December 5, 2018 – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast is scheduled to celebrate the cutter’s 50 years of maritime service by offering free public tours, Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since the cutter’s commissioning in 1968, its crew has performed nearly all of the U.S. Coast Guard’s eleven statutory missions. The cutter is best known,…

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Coast Guard Cutter Elm leaving for major dry dock overhaul, homeport change

Coast Guard Cutter Elm will make her final departure from the cutter’s homeport in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in January 2018 to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore for a scheduled major dry dock overhaul. The Coast Guard Cutter Maple, which is completing its own midlife overhaul, will replace the Elm in Atlantic Beach this April. The Elm, a Juniper…

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Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns after 73-day counter-smuggling patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to her homeport of Astoria Monday after a 73-day, counter-smuggling deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Alert completed a 13,740-mile patrol as a part of the U.S.’s joint military and law enforcement counter-drug task force which acts to stop the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S. The crew patrolled the Eastern Pacific drug…

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Former RV Hero Partially Sinks at Pier

March 7, 2017 – The Coast Guard has opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund in the amount of $25,000 to minimize pollution potential from the 125-foot former research vessel Hero, which partially sank at the pier in Bay Center near Willapa Bay, Washington, Monday. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund was utilized to contract Global Diving and Salvage resulting…

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