USCGC Mellon returns after 80-day Joint Canada/US patrol of Pacific Ocean

September 6, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717), including two Canadian fishery officers, returned to their homeport of Seattle Sunday after an 80-day patrol detecting and deterring illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activity in the Pacific Ocean. IUU fishing deprives the international economy of billions of dollars and undermines the livelihoods of legitimate fish harvesters around…

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Coast Guard patrols South Pacific in support of international fisheries

January 25, 2019 – Following a stop in Fiji in late January, USCGC Mellon (WHEC 717) continued her South Pacific patrol in support of counter-Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing and global security missions. The presence of a high endurance Coast Guard cutter conducting operations in the region demonstrates the U.S. commitment to regional partnerships and strengthening a coalition of like-minded…

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Coast Guard Cutter Mellon holds 50th Anniversary ceremony in Seattle

Named after Andrew W. Mellon, the 49th Secretary of Treasury from 1921-1932, the Mellon’s keel was laid on July 25, 1966 when she was commissioned on January 9, 1968. Along with performing each of the Coast Guard’s primary missions, the Mellon crew conducts Alaskan fishery patrols and enforces international and domestic fishing requirements. The 50th Anniversary ceremony of the Coast…

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U.S. Coast Guard offloads 13 tons of cocaine in San Diego

February 17, 2017 – The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett offloaded more than 13 tons of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego, Thursday. Several U.S. Coast Guard cutters seized the combined total tons of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from mid-November 2016 through January 2017. The drugs, interdicted in international waters off the coast of Central and South America by…

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