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 than 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine in San Diego Friday, which was a result of the cutter’s five interdictions, bale recovery and an interdiction case by the Coast Guard Cutter…

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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 suspected drug traffickers were apprehended during the two interdictions. The Alert crew received support from the U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection and Coast Guard maritime patrol aircrews, who provided…

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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, however, for its role enforcing maritime law through the execution of hundreds of successful drug and migrant interdictions over the years.  Renowned for its record setting drug seizures, Steadfast…

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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 Class, 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, was commissioned in 1998 and reported to Coast Guard Sector Field Office Macon, North Carolina. The Elm has spent the last 20 years maintaining over…

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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 transit zone and interdicted seven “go-fast” style vessels suspected of smuggling using an embarked helicopter and two pursuit boats. These interdictions resulted in the seizure of approximately 9,228 pounds of…

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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 in the removal of more than 70 gallons of diesel fuel and lube oil from the vessel, Tuesday. On Monday, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River personnel were notified of the…

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