Coast Guard crew offloads more than 26,000 pounds of cocaine

Coast Guard crew offloads more than 26,000 pounds of cocaine
Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf crewmembers inspect a low-profile semi-submersible in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean Aug. 14, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAN DIEGO — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750) offloaded more than 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine and marijuana in San Diego, Thursday. The drugs, worth an estimated $390 million, were seized in international...

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returns home following 55-day counter-drug patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returns home following 55-day counter-drug patrol
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned to their homeport in Portsmouth, Virginia after a 55-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, Saturday The crew of the Tampa interdicted over 5,200 pounds of cocaine, of which 1,950 pounds was successfully recovered, and 3,600 pounds of...

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads more than 20,000 pounds of illegal drugs

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads more than 20,000 pounds of illegal drugs
The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew offloads more than 18,700 pounds of cocaine, nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana and 15 gallons of liquefied cocaine at Port Everglades, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally) MIAMI—The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew offloaded more than 18,700 pounds of cocaine, nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana and 15 gallons of liquefied...

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returns home after interdicting $154 million in drugs

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returns home after interdicting $154 million in drugs
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned to their homeport in Portsmouth, Virginia after an 80-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific, Sunday. The crew successfully executed the counter-narcotics mission, interdicting four vessels with a total of over 9,200 pounds of cocaine, worth an...

Coast Guard offloads $338 million of cocaine in San Diego

Coast Guard offloads $338 million of cocaine in San Diego
Coast Guardsmen assemble before preparing bails of cocaine to be offloaded from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) in San Diego, Feb. 10, 2020.(Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Gray) SAN DIEGO – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) offloaded nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine Monday seized from known drug-transit zones of the Eastern Pacific Ocean worth approximately...

WWII Coast Guard veteran presents Cutter Tampa with flag from original Tampa

WWII Coast Guard veteran presents Cutter Tampa with flag from original Tampa
Alex Obrizok addresses the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa. PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard WWII veteran presented the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa with a historical flag in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday afternoon. Alex Obrizok is a 96-year-old man and resident from North Carolina. He served in the Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946. In addition to his Coast Guard service, Obrizok is also a Navy and Sea...

Coast Guard presents Purple Heart to World War I sailors

Coast Guard presents Purple Heart to World War I sailors
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Casey Roberds, plays taps during a Purple Heart presentation ceremony on Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach, November 15, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Aidan Cooney) SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach personnel posthumously presented a Purple Heart to the families of Joseph Lieb and Benjamin Nelson in San Pedro,...

Legacy’s Shadow: Rising Hearts from a Sunken Ship

Legacy’s Shadow: Rising Hearts from a Sunken Ship
Capt. JoAnn Burdian, commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami, presents the Purple Heart Medal posthumously awarded to Coast Guard Cutter Tampa acting quartermaster Alexander Saldarini to John Kendall, great-nephew of Saldarini, during a presentation ceremony held Sept. 26, 2019 at Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally) Story and Photos...

Coast Guard posthumously presents two Purple Heart Medals

Coast Guard posthumously presents two Purple Heart Medals
U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, Pacific Area commander, stands with Lisa Rehman and Bob Kelleher who accepted Purple Heart Medals during a ceremony on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California, Sept. 3, 2019.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Masaschi ALAMEDA, California — Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander, posthumously presented...