Coast Guard Cutter and Navy Destroyer to join Expeditionary Strike Group 7

July 9, 2019 – Legend-class U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) joined the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. Along with the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20), Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), Stratton and McCampbell will participate as members of the Wasp ESG through the end of July. “Adding an Arleigh Burke DDG and Legend-class cutter to our…

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USCGC Stratton Visits Sydney

July 9, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) moored in Sydney July 5, kicking off the cutter’s second international port call on its Western Pacific patrol. Operating under the tactical control of commander, 7th Fleet, the cutter is engaging in professional exchanges and capacity building with partner nations and will patrol and operate as directed. The crew of the Stratton, a 418-foot national security cutter, is preparing for Talisman Sabre, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command sponsored exercise that trains U.S. and Australian forces across high-end, mid-intensity warfighting scenarios involving…

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U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Visits Fiji

June 28, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) moored Thursday in Lautoka, marking the cutter’s first international port call in U.S. 7th Fleet. Stratton, a 418-foot National Security Cutter, departed its homeport of Alameda, California, June 5 to forward-deploy to the Western Pacific. Operating under the tactical control of commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, the cutter and crew are engaging in professional exchanges and capacity building exercises with partner nations and patrolling and conducting operations as directed. While underway, Stratton’s crew exercised the recently signed Fiji-U.S. bilateral shiprider…

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Alameda-based Coast Guard cutters depart for Eastern and Western Pacific patrols

The Coast Guard Cutters Stratton and Waesche set sail June 12th for months-long deployments to opposite ends of the Pacific. With their departure, all four of the national security cutters homeported in Alameda are currently on patrol. The crew aboard the Waesche departed for a months-long deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean to conduct counterdrug operations. Earlier this year, Waesche returned to Alameda following a 95-day counterdrug patrol where the crew had two at-sea interdictions, seizing more than 6,300 pounds of cocaine. Stratton deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean where…

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Coast Guard offloads $721 million worth of cocaine in San Diego

The Coast Guard offloaded more than 47,000 pounds of cocaine worth over $721 million from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, in San Diego, Thursday, which was seized in 23 separate interdictions in the eastern Pacific Ocean by U.S. and Canadian forces operating in international waters off the coast of Central and South America. Senior U.S. and Canadian officials discussed new tactics used by transnational organized crime groups and to highlight international cooperation in combating the threat posed by these dangerous groups. U.S. Coast Guard personnel currently assigned to Cutter Stratton…

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Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloads 50,550 lbs of cocaine and heroin in San Diego

The Coast Guard offloaded 50,550 pounds of cocaine and heroin worth an estimated $679.3 million at Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Wednesday, which marks a record-breaking year in cocaine seizures for the service. The cumulation of drugs was the result of 25 separate seizures conducted by four Coast Guard cutters and a Navy ship since the first interdiction Aug. 2. This offload marked more than 455,034 pounds of cocaine worth over $6.1 billion that has been intercepted by the Coast Guard in Fiscal Year 2017, besting the service’s previous record of…

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