Coast Guard Cutter Alert completes successful fisheries patrol off WA, OR coasts

Coast Guard Cutter Alert completes successful fisheries patrol off WA, OR coasts
Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Alert return to the cutter in its small boat July 23, 2021, after conducting vessel boardings during a 60-day fisheries patrol off the coasts of Washington and Oregon.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo) ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard Cutter Alert and its crew returned to homeport in Astoria Saturday after completing a 60-day law enforcement patrol, during...

Coast Guard rescues man in life raft offshore Gray Harbor, WA

Coast Guard rescues man in life raft offshore Gray Harbor, WA
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued a man in an emergency life raft Saturday offshore of Grays Harbor. At 11:39 a.m., Friday, watchstanders at the 13th Coast Guard District Command Center received an emergency position indicating radio beacon activation alert for the fishing vessel Ruby Lily approximately 132 miles from Grays Harbor. Watchstanders launched crews from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria,...

Coast Guard Cutter Alert holds Change of Command ceremony

Coast Guard Cutter Alert holds Change of Command ceremony
Coast Guard Cutter Alert file photo by Petty Officer First Class Cynthia Oldham ASTORIA, Ore. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert (WMEC 630) hosted a change of command ceremony Friday outside of the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. Rear Admiral Peter Gautier, deputy commander U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, presided over the ceremony where Cmdr. Matthew Kolodica relieved Cmdr. Tyson...

Coast Guard Cutter Alertt returns home following law enforcement patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Alertt returns home following law enforcement patrol
The Coast Guard Cutter Alert and its crew return to homeport in Astoria, Oregon, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, following a 63-day patrol that began in early February. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Oldham. ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard Cutter Alert (WMEC 630) returned home to Astoria Wednesday following a 63-day counterdrug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Working in...

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns home from 60-day patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns home from 60-day patrol
The Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 51-year-old cutter homeported in Astoria, Oregon, returns to homeport Tuesday, October 27, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Cynthia Oldham) ASTORIA, Ore. – The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alert (WMEC-630) returned to their home port Tuesday following a 60-day living marine resources patrol that began in late August. The cutter and crew...

Smuggler in historic Coast Guard drug bust off Oregon coast sentenced to prison

Smuggler in historic Coast Guard drug bust off Oregon coast sentenced to prison
PORTLAND, Ore. – The smuggler apprehended in a historic Coast Guard drug seizure off the Oregon coast in 2019 was sentenced to prison Thursday. John Philip Stirling, 66, a Canadian citizen, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine under the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (MDLEA). On April 9, 2019,...

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns home from counterdrug patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns home from counterdrug patrol
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alert sails near Puerto Chiapas, Mexico, while participating in a three-day North American Maritime Security Initiative exercise, March 1, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard Cutter Alert (WMEC 630) returned home to Astoria Sunday following a 69-day Eastern Pacific counterdrug deployment. The crew patrolled international waters off the coast of...

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns to Oregon following $54 million cocaine seizure

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns to Oregon following $54 million cocaine seizure
Coast Guard Cutter Alert file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll ASTORIA, Ore. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to their homeport of Astoria Friday following a 10,700 nautical mile, 65-day, multi-mission patrol, resulting in the interdiction of nearly 4,000 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $54 million. Alert’s crew conducted counterdrug operations in international...

Coast Guard offloads more than $92 million worth of cocaine in San Diego

Coast Guard offloads more than $92 million worth of cocaine in San Diego
The Coast Guard Cutter Alert crew offloaded more than 6,800 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $92 million in San Diego, Oct. 16, 2019. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Gray) SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard offloaded more than $92 million worth of seized cocaine in San Diego Wednesday. The cocaine, worth more than $92 million, was seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific...