Coast Guard Cutter Stratton returns home Friday after 140-day deployment

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton is scheduled to return to its homeport at Coast Guard Island in Alameda Friday at 8:30 a.m. after a 140-day deployment to the Arctic and Central America.

Since departing in July, the Stratton’s crew completed a 24,000-mile deployment in support of the nation’s interests in the Arctic and joint counter-drug operations off the coast of California and Central America.

During this operational patrol, Stratton’s law enforcement crews seized and disrupted 6.6 tons of illegal narcotics valued in excess of $27.5 Million. Stratton Coast Guardsmen assisted mariners in four separate Search and Rescue cases. Furthering national strategic goals, the cutter’s crew patrolled the Arctic and conducted interoperability tests with new equipment.

Stratton Coast Guardsmen worked closely with the communities in isolated locations of Point Lay, Gamble and Barrow, Alaska. The crew went ashore to schools and civic centers to teach water safety and provide life jackets to community members.

The cutter is one of the newest Coast Guard National Security Cutters and is capable of patrolling from South America to the Arctic Ocean. Stratton’s unmatched combination of range, speed, and ability to operate in extreme weather are a critical component of the Coast Guard. Stratton and the cutter’s 145-person crew provide 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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