Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returns after 97-day deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returns after 97-day deployment
Family and friends wait patiently for the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Waesche to arrive at the pier on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., Nov. 20, 2016.  Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama. ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returned to Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif. Sunday at 10 a.m., following a 97-day, 15,000 nautical-mile patrol off...

Coast Guardsmen seize more than 2 tons of cocaine from semisubmersible

Coast Guardsmen seize more than 2 tons of cocaine from semisubmersible
SAN DIEDGO, Calif. – Coast Guardsmen seized more than 5,600 pounds of cocaine and apprehended five suspected drug smugglers from a self-propelled semi-submersible, or SPSS, in the Pacific Ocean off Central America September 6. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche from Alameda, California, in partnership with a Joint Interagency Task Force South patrol aircraft from the U.S. Navy, intercepted...

U.S. Coast Guard, CBP stop semi-submersible with 7.5 tons of cocaine in Eastern Pacific Ocean

U.S. Coast Guard, CBP stop semi-submersible with 7.5 tons of cocaine in Eastern Pacific Ocean
A Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf boarding team conducts an interdiction of a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel smuggling 7.5 tons of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, Aug. 31, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection interdicted approximately 15,000 pounds of cocaine and detained four suspects from a self-propelled semi-submersible...

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton returns home following 114-day deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton returns home following 114-day deployment
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton is greeted by their families after returning home to Alameda, Calif., following a four-month deployment to the Eastern Pacific. The Stratton’s crew recently offloaded 34 metric tons of seized cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of $1.01 billion, from 23 separate interdictions by Coast Guard cutters and Coast Guard law enforcement teams operating...

U.S. agencies stop semi-submersible, seize 12,000 pounds of cocaine

U.S. agencies stop semi-submersible, seize 12,000 pounds of cocaine
A Coast Guard Cutter Stratton boarding team investigates a self-propelled semi-submersible interdicted in international waters off the coast of Central America, July 19, 2015.(Coast Guard byPetty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone) ALAMEDA, Calif. – The U.S. Coast Guard seized a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel carrying more than 16,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean  July 18. The...

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns home from 5-week patrol in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns home from 5-week patrol in St. Petersburg, Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, a 210-foot Reliance Class Cutter homeported in St. Petersburg, returned home before the holidays after their five-week patrol, Wednesday. During the homecoming, the crew of the Resolute offloaded recovered contraband from a self propelled semi submersible that scuttled itself in the Western Caribbean Sea. While operating in the...

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, partner agencies interdict 6th Western Caribbean drug sub

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, partner agencies interdict 6th Western Caribbean drug sub
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter, homeported in St. Petersburg, is scheduled to offload Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. recovered contraband from a self propelled semi submersible (SPSS) that scuttled itself in the Western Caribbean Sea during the crew’s five-week patrol. Operating in the Caribbean in support of JIATF-S Operation...

Coast Guard, partner agencies interdict 5th Western Caribbean drug sub

MIAMI — The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive, Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), and the Honduran Navy interdicted a drug smuggling, self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel in the Western Caribbean Sea March 30. SPSS vessels are used regularly to transport illegal narcotics in the Eastern Pacific, and this interdiction is only the fifth Coast...

Coast Guard offloads 7 tons of cocaine in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cypress, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Pensacola, Fla., along with several state, federal and local partners, offloaded seven tons of cocaine at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Friday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk, a medium-endurance cutter homeported in Key West, Fla., interdicted a drug smuggling, self-propelled semi-submersible...