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 the world. It impacts food security, affecting millions of people, including many vulnerable coastal communities. Combatting global IUU fishing through international partnerships is a priority for Canada and the United…

Read More

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 countries to strengthen regional maritime governance and promote a rules-based regime for fisheries. Mellon’s crew is supporting international fisheries on the high seas and enforcement of the Western Central Pacific…

Read More

Sea Services Arrive for Fleet Week San Diego

October 24, 2018 – Fleet Week San Diego began to take shape as the amphibious transport dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) moored at Broadway Pier, Oct. 23. Fleet Week is a week-long event taking place Oct. 22–28 that provides an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During Fleet Week, service members participate in various community service events and showcase capabilities and equipment to the community. This year Harpers Ferry and the Hamilton-class Coast…

Read More

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 Guard Cutter Mellon, held in the Base Seattle gymnasium on Jan. 9, 2018, is shown being streamed live on the Pacific Area Facebook page. The Mellon crew patrols an extensive area…

Read More

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 crews of U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Sherman, Tahoma, Midgett, Diligence and Mellon were offloaded Thursday at Naval Base San Diego from the Midgett. The load represents 21 separate interdictions of suspected drug smuggling…

Read More