USCG Cutter Returns to Oregon Following Counter Narcotic Patrol

USCG Cutter Returns to Oregon Following Counter Narcotic Patrol

By Karen Robes Meeks After 65 days on a counter narcotic patrol to the Eastern Pacific Ocean, US Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast members came home to Astoria, Ore., Friday. During their patrol in international waters off the Mexican and Central American coasts, crew members came across and boarded five suspected smuggling vessels, arrested three smuggling suspects and found 1,252 pounds of pure cocaine valued at roughly $21.5 million. “I am inspired daily by the tenacity and professionalism of this crew,” said Cmdr. Dan Ursino, commanding officer of the Steadfast. "Their resilience to remain focused, in light of the global health crisis and uncertainty…
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Coast Guard Cutter Returns to Astoria

Coast Guard Cutter Returns to Astoria

By Karen Robes Meeks After 69 days on a counterdrug deployment in the Eastern Pacific, the crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Alert came back to Astoria this week. Crewmembers conducted drug patrols off the Mexican coast and took part in the North American Maritime Security Initiative, a three-day exercise aimed at improving data sharing and integrating with Canadian, US and Mexican maritime forces on counterdrug operations. "I’m proud of the hard work that our crew put into our Eastern Pacific patrol,” said Cdr. Tyson Scofield, Alert’s commanding officer. “I am especially proud of the professionalism that the crew showed during…
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US Coast Guard Cutter Munro Returns Home

US Coast Guard Cutter Munro Returns Home

By Karen Robes Meeks After being deployed for 78 days in drug-transit areas in the Eastern Pacific, the 418-feet long US Coast Guard Cutter Munro recently came home to Alameda, California, the agency said. From late December to mid January, crew members interdicted three suspected drug-smuggling ships with 6,680 pounds of pure cocaine. “I truly could not have asked for a better crew with whom to share these memories, but we didn't do this alone,” said Capt. Jim Estramonte, Munro’s commanding officer. “Through all our adventures, the friends and family members of Munro’s crew have supported us. It is their hard work at home that allows…
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Seattle-based US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star Arrives in Antartica

Seattle-based US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star Arrives in Antartica

By Karen Robes Meeks After 58 days at sea, the US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star and its crew of 159 members made it to Antarctica to support Operation Deep Freeze. It represents the icebreaker’s 23rd journey to the region to support the National Science Foundation. The 399-foot, 13,000-ton icebreaker – which arrived at McMurdo Station on Jan. 22 – left its Seattle, Wash., homeport on Nov. 26 to carve a 23-mile channel through the ice to McMurdo Sound. This opening allowed more than 19.5 million pounds of dry cargo and 7.6 million gallons of fuel to be offloaded from three logistic…
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Cutter Returns to Astoria

Cutter Returns to Astoria

The 210-foot cutter Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast recently came back to Astoria, Oregon, after a 60-day counter drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The crew of the Steadfast – a Reliance Class cutter that has been based in Astoria since 1994 – traveled more than 10,500 miles and conducted more than 100 readiness drills. Sailors also supported volunteer projects, including painting and improving the outside of an elementary school for special needs students in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In addition, they helped build a retaining wall that provides pedestrian access to a primary school in Huatulco, Mexico. The Steadfast was part of the 2019 San Francisco…
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New Coast Guard Cutter Commissioned

New Coast Guard Cutter Commissioned

The US Coast Guard on Thursday commissioned its newest Hawaii-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, the third FRC to be homeported at Coast Guard Base Honolulu. The Coast Guard Cutter William Hart (WPC 1134) was built by Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana and arrived Aug. 17 in Honolulu. The cutter will assist in covering the 14th Coast Guard District, which includes more than 14 million square miles of land and sea, with units in Hawaii, American Samoa, Saipan, Guam, Singapore, and Japan. “There is no greater reflection of the commandant’s strategic vision and commitment than the fact that as we commission the William Hart today,…
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Two National Security Cutters Commissioned

Two National Security Cutters Commissioned

The US Coast Guard on Saturday morning celebrated the commissioning of two national security cutters at its Honolulu base. The ceremony was for the USCGC Kimball (WMSL 756), which made it to destination on Dec. 22, 2018, and USGCG Midgett (WMSL 757), which arrived Friday from Pascagoula, Mississippi. The Legend-class national security cutters are some of the Coast Guard's newest additions to the fleet and are a capable platform for a wide range of missions including homeland security and defense. Capt. Holly Harrison is the commanding officer of Kimball and Capt. Alan McCabe commands Midgett. “These national security cutters will continue our 150 years of partnership and…
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Cutter Elm Arrives in Astoria

Cutter Elm Arrives in Astoria

The US Coast Guard Cutter Elm arrived Monday at its new homeport in Astoria, Oregon. Commissioned in 1998, the Juniper Class 225-foot seagoing buoy tender is run by the same crew that operated the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, which left Astoria in June 2018. The Elm, which recently received a major overhaul at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, had been part of Sector Field Office Macon, North Carolina, where it spent the last two decades maintaining more than 250 floating aids to navigation from central New Jersey to the North and South Carolina border. The Elm will service the 114 navigational aids floating along the…
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