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, Army CBSI-Taft participate in Tradewinds 2016

Coast Guard, Army CBSI-Taft participate in Tradewinds 2016
U.S. Coast Guard and partner nation Coast Guard members complete boat checks June 7, 2016 in St. George’s, Grenada, as part of Tradewinds 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Technical Assistance Field Team is participating in Exercise Tradewinds 2016, a multi-national maritime security and disaster response exercise in...

Commandant meets with U.S. Southern Command Commander to discuss Western Hemisphere strategy

Commandant meets with U.S. Southern Command Commander to discuss Western Hemisphere strategy
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, and U.S. Southern Command Commander, Gen. John Kelly met at U.S. Southern Command Headquarters on Sept. 4, 2014 to discuss strategic objectives, mutual priorities and opportunities for collaboration in Latin America and the Caribbean. The meeting centered on the synchronization of existing efforts in ensuring safety and security along U.S. and regional...

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returns to homeport after 140-day deployment

 Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returns to homeport after 140-day deployment
ALAMEDA, Calif. — A local Coast Guard crew returned to Alameda after they seized more than $183 million worth of illegal narcotics during a 140-day deployment Monday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf was deployed to the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central and South America in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South counter-drug operations. During the deployment, Bertholf’s...

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returns from 140-day deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returns from 140-day deployment
ALAMEDA, Calif. — A local Coast Guard crew is scheduled to return to Alameda after they seized more than $183 million worth of illegal narcotics during a 140-day deployment Monday at 8 a.m. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf was deployed to the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central and South America in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South counter-drug operations. During...

Missing boaters found, rescued off Honduran coast

Missing boaters found, rescued off Honduran coast
MIAMI — Nine boaters who have been missing since Saturday have been rescued after being found by a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircrew at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, about 55 miles northwest of their intended destination in Utila, Honduras. The boaters were spotted by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., aircrew who directed an Army UH-60 helicopter crew to hoist the survivors. The...

Coast Guard searching for 8 boaters off the coast of Honduras

Coast Guard searching for 8 boaters off the coast of Honduras
MIAMI — Coast Guard crews are searching for eight people including five Honduran citizens, one Canadian citizen and two U.S. citizens, reported overdue aboard a 28-foot 100 horsepower outboard engine pleasure craft with a white hull and top. Watchstanders at the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami received a report of a center-console motor vessel that departed the west end of Roatan, Honduras...

Record breaking month for drug seizures

WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard and partner agencies seized 11,300 pounds of marijuana before it reached U.S. shores in May, breaking a single-month record set a decade ago. “The Coast Guard and our interagency partners have already interdicted more marijuana near the U.S. maritime border with Mexico in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2012 than it did in all of 2011,” said Coast Guard...

Coast Guard 5th District to hold change of command ceremony

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Rear Adm. Steven H. Ratti will assume command of the Coast Guard’s 5th District during a change of command ceremony Wednesday, at 2 p.m., at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, here. Ratti will relieve Rear Adm. William D. Lee, who has served as the 5th District’s commander since June 2010. As commander of the 5th District, Ratti will oversee operations in navigable waters from...