U.S., Canada announce record drug seizure rates

U.S., Canada announce record drug seizure rates
A Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell crewman guards more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine during an offload at Naval Base San Diego, April 16, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell)SAN DIEGO – Officials from the U.S. and Canada welcomed back a U.S. Coast Guard cutter with more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine Thursday as allied forces set record drug seizure rates in the Eastern...

U.S. and Canada team up for five and a half ton cocaine seizure

U.S. and Canada team up for five and a half ton cocaine seizure
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell crewmembers maneuver the ship’s interceptor boat while patrolling in the Eastern Pacific . ALAMEDA, Calif. ­­­­— The largest maritime cocaine seizure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean since 2009 was seized by the U.S. Coast Guard along with the U.S. Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and a Joint Interagency Task Force in early March. More than five and half tons of contraband...

Coast Guard Commandant emphasizes Western Hemisphere priorities

Coast Guard Commandant emphasizes Western Hemisphere priorities
WASHINGTON — Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft addressed transnational threats and maritime challenges at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as part of the Maritime Security Dialogue, Friday. The Maritime Security Dialogue highlights particular challenges facing the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, from national-level maritime policy to naval concept development and program...

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returns home with more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returns home with more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine
SAN DIEGO – Coast Guardsmen offloaded more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego and were recognized by a senior Coast Guard official for their role in counter drug missions during a 90-day deployment Monday at 10 a.m. The crew of Cutter Boutwell turned the cocaine, worth more than $423 million wholesale, over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency. The drugs were seized and...

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell visits Puerto Chiapas, Mexico

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell visits Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The 14th Naval Zone of the Mexican Navy hosted military unit tours, professional exchange visits and some spirited sports competition for the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell during a recent two-day port visit to Puerto Chiapas, Mexico, Sept. 5-6. Boutwell’s crew was welcomed by Capt. Pedro Gabriel Pineda Berdeja, 14th Naval Zone chief of staff. The first day’s...

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell to hold change of command on Friday

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell to hold change of command on Friday
SAN DIEGO — the San Diego-based Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, Friday at 10:30 a.m. Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, will preside over the ceremony where Capt. Edward A. Westfall will assume the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the Boutwell from Capt. Jim L. Munro, Jr. Westfall...

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell to return home from Eastern Pacific Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell to return home from Eastern Pacific Patrol
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego-based Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell is scheduled to return home from a 59-day patrol to the Eastern Pacific Ocean Thursday, at 12:30pm. During their patrol, the Boutwell and crew performed critical Coast Guard missions while patrolling in the Eastern Pacific, including interdicting a drug-laden go-fast vessel and conducting three search and rescue missions. Boutwell interdicted...

Coast Guard rescues stranded boaters off El Salvador

Coast Guard rescues stranded boaters off El Salvador
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell rescued four boaters approximately 160 miles south of El Salvador Wednesday. Costa Rican officials requested Coast Guard assistance Jan. 17 in locating the 40-foot Costa Rican-flagged Calipso IV, which was reportedly disabled and adrift approximately 40 miles off the coast of Nicaragua. The following day two Joint Interagency...

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell seizes 1,375 pounds cocaine in Eastern Pacific Ocean

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell seizes 1,375 pounds cocaine in Eastern Pacific Ocean
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the San Diego-based U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell interdicted a “go-fast” vessel in international waters off the coast of Central America December 30, 2013, apprehending three suspected drug smugglers and seizing approximately 1,375 pounds of cocaine. The Boutwell’s crew was patrolling in the region when a maritime patrol aircraft reported a suspicious vessel...