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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13 Tons of Cocaine Offloaded in San Diego

July 26, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-632) offloaded more than 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine in San Diego Friday. The cocaine, worth an estimated $350 million, was seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband represents six suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions and the recovery of floating cocaine bales by the crews of two Coast Guard cutters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America between late June and mid-July. Five of the interdictions were carried out by the Steadfast’s crew, one of the…

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Rose Festival Fleet Week

Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of the purposes of Fleet Week has always been to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans. The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S.…

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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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US Coast Guard scheduled to participate in annual Rose Festival

Three Coast Guard cutter crews and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew are scheduled to participate in the annual Portland Rose Festival and Navy Fleet Week, June 6 to 11. The Coast Guard Cutters Steadfast, Bluebell and Orcas are participating in the annual Parade of Ships and will be open for free public tours and the helicopter crew will demonstrate search and rescue techniques during the festival. The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Astoria, will be open for tours, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30…

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