Coast Guard offloads approximately 18 tons of cocaine in San Diego

Coast Guard offloads approximately 18 tons of cocaine  in San Diego
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, homported in Alameda, California, forms along side approximately 18 tons of cocaine on June 15, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Davonte Marrow) SAN DIEGO – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offloaded approximately 18 tons of cocaine in San Diego, Thursday. Several U.S. Coast Guard cutters seized the cocaine in 18 interdictions...

Cutter Valiant crew returns to homeport after seizing $147 million of cocaine

Cutter Valiant crew returns to homeport after seizing $147 million of cocaine
The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant interdicts bales of cocaine Saturday, April 15, 2017 during an Eastern Pacific Ocean deployment.  U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Valiant. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew returned home Tuesday to Naval Station Mayport from a 63-day patrol after seizing an estimated $147 million worth of cocaine, assisting in the removal...

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads more than 18 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads more than 18 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades
Media members get video of over 18.5 tons of cocaine during a drug offload press event in Port Everglades, Fla., May 18, 2017.  MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloaded approximately 18.5 tons (16,856 kilograms) of cocaine Thursday in Port Everglades worth an estimated $498 million wholesale seized in international waters off the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The drugs were interdicted...

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew frees entangled sea turtles in Eastern Pacific Ocean

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew frees entangled sea turtles in Eastern Pacific Ocean
A sea tangle swims entangled in a mass of fishing gear and garbage before the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Valiant free it while on a routine patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, April 23, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.) ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant’s crew saved one baby and three adult olive ridley sea turtles from entanglement in garbage and abandoned fishing...

Coast Guard honors top enlisted members of 2016

Coast Guard honors top enlisted members of 2016
The 2016 Enlisted Persons of the Year pose for a photo with the 2015 Enlisted Persons of the Year following the 2016 Coast Guard Enlisted Persons of the Year Banquet at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 11, 2017. From left: Petty Officer 1st Class Evan Ward, 2015 EPOY — Active-Duty Component; Seaman Gregory W. Jacquet, 2016 EPOY — Active-Duty Component; Chief Petty Officer Nicole K....

Coast Guard announces active duty and reserve 2016 Enlisted Persons of the Year

Coast Guard announces active duty and reserve 2016 Enlisted Persons of the Year
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced the selection of SN Gregory W. Jacquet of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant, homeported in Mayport, Florida, and GM1 Nicole K. Cimino of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 in Everett, Washington, as the 2016 Enlisted Persons of the Year. Jacquet received the Enlisted Person of the Year-Active Duty Component and Cimino was awarded Enlisted Person of the...

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew returns to homeport following 5-week Florida Straits patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew returns to homeport following 5-week Florida Straits patrol
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned Friday to their homeport at Naval Station Mayport following a 34-day patrol. During their deployment to the Florida Straits, the Valiant crew rescued, cared for and repatriated 307 Cuban migrants attempting to enter the United States. “Searching for migrants at sea can be a challenging task,” said Lt. Katherine Ustler, the...

Cutter Valiant returns following 6-week Operation Southeast Watch

Cutter Valiant returns following 6-week Operation Southeast Watch
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned home to Naval Station Mayport, Friday, after completing a six-week deployment to the Florida Straits and Windward Passage in support of Operation Southeast Watch. Under Operation Southeast Watch, the Cutter Valiant’s crew worked alongside interagency and international partners to humanely embark, process and care for 172 Cuban...

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offloads 21 tons of cocaine in San Diego

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offloads 21 tons of cocaine in San Diego
Coast Guard Cutter Waesche crewmembers offload seized cocaine from the Waesche in San Diego on June 13, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rob Simpson. SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded approximately 21 tons of cocaine seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean from the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche in San Diego, Monday. An additional eight tons of contraband...