Coast Guard sees resurgence of low-profile smuggling vessels

Coast Guard sees resurgence of low-profile smuggling vessels
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, forms along side approximately 18 tons of cocaine at 10th Ave Marine Terminal in San Diego on June 15, 2017. The narcotics were seized during 18 seperate interdictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from March 2017 through June 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Davonte Marrow) ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard has interdicted seven...

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast gets new commanding officer

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast gets new commanding officer
Cmdr. Alain Balmaceda salutes Cmdr. Jose Bolanos as Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, deputy commander Pacific Area, oversees the changing of command from one officer to the next during the Steadfast’s change-of-command ceremony in Astoria, Ore., June 16, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. ASTORIA, Ore. – Cmdr. Alain Balmaceda assumed the duties and responsibilities...

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns home following counterdrug deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns home following counterdrug deployment
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast handles lines during mooring at 10th Avenue Marine Terminal, San Diego, on April 20, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rob Simpson) WARRENTON, Ore. – The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned home to Astoria, Oregon, after successfully completing a two-and-a-half month counterdrug deployment in the Eastern Pacific, Sunday. Patrolling...

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns home after 62-day counter narcotics patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns home after 62-day counter narcotics patrol
Astoria, Ore. – The United States Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned home Thursday, September 15, after successfully completing a 62-day counter narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific. The 210-foot cutter was deployed in support of Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S) with the primary mission of detection and interdiction of illegal narcotics trafficking. The efforts by the crew of...

Astoria-based Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns from 59-day patrol in Eastern Pacific

Astoria-based Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns from 59-day patrol in Eastern Pacific
The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, a 210-foot Medium-Endurance Cutter, transits up the Columbia River and under the Astoria-Meglar Bridge as it returns to its homeport in Astoria, Ore., May 11, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. ASTORIA, Ore. – The crew of the local Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned home to Astoria Wednesday, after successfully completing a 59-day...

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast rescues 3 fishermen off Huatulco, Mexico

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast rescues 3 fishermen off Huatulco, Mexico
PACIFIC OCEAN — Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast and the Mexican navy conducted a joint operation to save three stranded fishermen from their sinking vessel, the Wendy II, 40 miles off the coast of Huatulco, Mexico Tuesday. While on a routine patrol, Steadfast spotted a 15-foot panga-style vessel with three people onboard waving their arms in distress. After approaching the vessel, Steadfast’s...

Coast Guard interdicts 10 suspected migrants at sea

Coast Guard interdicts 10 suspected migrants at sea
A panga that was carrying 10 suspected migrants sits at the dock at Coast Guard Sector San Diego on Dec. 5, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAN DIEGO – U.S. Coast Guard crews interdicted 10 suspected migrants aboard a panga east of San Clemente Island, California, Friday night. On Friday afternoon, a multi-role enforcement aircraft from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations...

Commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast temporarily relieved

Commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast temporarily relieved
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard temporarily relieved Cmdr. John R. Bitterman, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast from Astoria, Ore., Monday due to loss of confidence in his abilities to command. Cmdr. John Pruitt from Coast Guard Motion Picture & Television Office in Los Angeles has assumed temporary command of Cutter Steadfast. Bitterman has been temporarily reassigned...

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns to Astoria, Ore., after successful patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns to Astoria, Ore., after successful patrol
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast steams off the Mexican coastline in the Pacific Ocean Feb. 21, 2015, as part of the North American Maritime Security Initiative (NAMSI). (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson) ASTORIA, Ore. — Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast is scheduled to return to Astoria at 9 a.m., Saturday, after a two month Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) deployment. Steadfast...