Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns home from counter narcotics patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns home from counter narcotics patrol
Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. Astoria, Ore. – The crew aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-623) returned home Friday to Astoria after a 60-day counter narcotic patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. While patrolling international waters off the coast of Mexico and Central America, Steadfast’s law enforcement boarding teams intercepted...

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast rescues 3 fishermen off Huatulco, Mexico

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast rescues 3 fishermen off Huatulco, Mexico
PACIFIC OCEAN — Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast and the Mexican navy conducted a joint operation to save three stranded fishermen from their sinking vessel, the Wendy II, 40 miles off the coast of Huatulco, Mexico Tuesday. While on a routine patrol, Steadfast spotted a 15-foot panga-style vessel with three people onboard waving their arms in distress. After approaching the vessel, Steadfast’s...

Mexican Tall Ship to visit New London

Mexican Tall Ship to visit New London
NEW LONDON, Conn. – The ARM Cuauhtémoc (kwawˈte.mok), tall ship of the Mexican Navy, will visit New London May 2-6. The ship will be open for tours, and its crew is expected to visit the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Mayor Michael Passero announced today. A 270-foot barque built in 1982, the Cuauhtémoc serves as a training ship for the Mexican Navy. The vessel, commanded by Capt. Pedro Mata Cervantes,...

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns to Astoria, Ore., after successful patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns to Astoria, Ore., after successful patrol
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast steams off the Mexican coastline in the Pacific Ocean Feb. 21, 2015, as part of the North American Maritime Security Initiative (NAMSI). (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson) ASTORIA, Ore. — Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast is scheduled to return to Astoria at 9 a.m., Saturday, after a two month Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) deployment. Steadfast...

Coast Guard, CBP, Mexican Navy disrupt marijuana smuggling attempt

Coast Guard, CBP, Mexican Navy disrupt marijuana smuggling attempt
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and Mexican Navy crews worked together to foil a marijuana smuggling attempt in international waters approximately 150 miles southwest of San Diego, Thursday morning. Three suspects and approximately 90 bales, weighing an estimated 2,000 pounds, were turned over to the Mexican Navy for prosecution. “This is another outstanding example...

DHS ReCoM partners, Mexican Navy thwart smuggling attempt at sea

DHS ReCoM partners, Mexican Navy thwart smuggling attempt at sea
SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection and the Mexican Navy worked together to interdict approximately 4,600 pounds of marijuana and apprehend three suspected smugglers in international waters about 150 miles southwest of the U.S.-Mexico border, Sunday. During a routine flight, a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion observed a suspicious 35-foot panga with three people aboard....

Mexican, U.S. leaders hold seminar on coordinated oil spill response in Gulf of Mexico

Mexican, U.S. leaders hold seminar on coordinated oil spill response in Gulf of Mexico
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — The U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican Navy held a seminar Tuesday in South Padre Island, to update the MEXUSGULF plan for a future coordinated response to a spill in the Gulf of Mexico that would impact both countries. MEXUSGULF is a joint contingency plan between the United States and Mexico. It provides standard operational procedures with respect to bi-national coordination...

Coast Guard and Mexican navy participate in joint-country search and rescue exercise

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard members of the 11th Coast Guard District participated in a joint two-day search and rescue exercise, SAREX, with members of the Mexican navy’s Search and Rescue Station in Ensenada, Mexico Wednesday and Thursday. The visit included a flag officer professional exchange, presentations highlighting each country’s search and rescue capabilities, and a multiple-scenario...

Beyond borders, a partnership in lifesaving education

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn ILWACO, Wash. — If you’re near the coast on a stormy day and have a decent view of the open ocean, you might pause for a moment to watch the surf smash against the rocks or break upon the sand. From the safety of a heated vehicle idling at a beach or state park parking lot, many of us have sat comfortably mesmerized by the tumultuous frenzy created when...