Alameda-Based Coast Guard Cutter Departs For Eastern Pacific Patrol

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau departed Oct. 22 for a law enforcement patrol of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The 378-foot high endurance cutter with a crew of 170 will conduct counter-narcotics, homeland security, and numerous training operations while on patrol. Morgenthau deploys with two small boats used to place law enforcement boarding teams on scene, and an HH-68 helicopter from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, capable of tracking down and using disabling fire to stop fleeing drug running vessels.

During Morgenthau’s last Eastern Pacific patrol in January the crew conducted nine law enforcement boardings of suspicious vessels, all of which were believed to have been involved in illegal activities. Morgenthau had three cocaine seizures totaling approximately 14,800 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $197 million, detained 11 suspected drug smugglers, and removed from operation or destroyed six go-fast vessels used by suspected drug traffickers. Morgenthau’s crew also disrupted a migrant smuggling operation, stopping 75 migrants ultimately bound for the U.S. and detained five suspected migrant smugglers.

Recommissioned in December 1991 after being renovated, Morgenthau’s primary mission is patrolling the fisheries of Alaska and the Western Pacific, enforcing U.S. laws and treaties within the Exclusive Economic Zone and upon the high seas.

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