Coast Guard Cutter Stratton to return home after 97-day deployment

cg-D11ALAMEDA, Calif. – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton is scheduled to return to its homeport at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., Sunday at 10:30 a.m., after a 97 day deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Since departing Jan. 6th, Stratton completed a 22,000-mile patrol in support of joint counter-drug operations off the coast of California and in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During this operational patrol, Stratton’s law enforcement crews seized 500 kilograms and disrupted 1,650 kilograms of cocaine valued in excess of $70 Million.

Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton rescued a sea turtle that was trapped in fishing line 500 miles off the coast of Panama, March 19, 2014. Stratton returns from a 97-day deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean April 13, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton rescued a sea turtle that was trapped in fishing line 500 miles off the coast of Panama, March 19, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

As a multi-mission platform, Stratton demonstrated their dedication to marine life when a crew aboard their small boat noticed a sea turtle entangled in fishing line about 500 miles off the coast of Panama March 19, 2014. After bringing the turtle aboard the small boat, the crewmembers freed it from the line and sent it back to sea.

Stratton is the Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter and is capable of patrolling from South America to the Bering Sea. Their unmatched combination of range, speed, and ability to operate in extreme weather and with a crew of 145 members are a critical component of the Coast Guard.

Stratton provides the mission flexibility necessary to conduct counter-narcotics, homeland security, and alien migrant interdiction operations, domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, and other Coast Guard missions at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland.

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