(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) USCG REPORT: The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare (WMEC 912) returned to its homeport at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, after a seven week counter-narcotic patrol in the Central Caribbean on Thursday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.09: The Legare crew patrolled over 8,000 nautical miles throughout the Central Caribbean where they worked in conjunction with Customs and Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Navy, and other partner agencies:

Coast Guard Cutter Legare returns home after 50 day counter-narcotics deployment: ‘The crew of the Legare was deployed in support of Operation Unified Resolve/Martillo under the tactical control of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) and the Seventh Coast Guard District’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 05/08/2021 12:19 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
After Hours: (757) 295-8435
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Coast Guard Cutter Legare returns home after 50 day counter-narcotics deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Legare (WMEC 912) patrols in the Caribbean in April 2021.

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While on patrol, the Legare provided surface support to Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters that were forward-deployed to Air Station Borinquen, which specialize in airborne interdiction tactics. With the combined efforts of JIATF-S and allied nation assets, the Legare disrupted over $23.5 million dollars in contraband while patrolling known smuggling routes south of the Dominican Republic.

“Once again the crew of Legare successfully overcame the dual challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and operating a 30-year old ship to complete our operational and unit objectives with resounding mission success,” said Cmdr. Malcolm Belt, commanding officer of the Legare. “I am especially appreciative of Legare’s family and friends ashore who support our crew while they continue to deal with COVID-19. In many ways, their lives at home right now are more difficult than ours at sea.”

Prior to arriving in the Caribbean, the Legare successfully completed the 2021 Cutter Mid-Cycle Training Availability (CMTA) with Afloat Training Organization – Mayport in Florida. CMTA is a demanding week-long training period designed to evaluate onboard training teams and the crew’s response to emergency scenarios that may occur while on patrol. 

The Legare is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.09: 2021:

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(SEATTLE) JUST IN: USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard rescued two hikers from the side of a cliff early Sunday near Hoh Head in Olympic National Park #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.03: Olympic National Park Rangers contacted Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders at about midnight Sunday requesting air rescue assistance for two people stranded about 60 feet high on a cliff’s ledge after climbing to retreat from rising tides:

Coast Guard rescues 2 hikers stranded on ledge in Olympic National Park, WA Rescued were Tessa Allen and Reed Farber, both in their 20s.

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 05/02/2021 09:09 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest
Contact: 13th District Public Affairs
After Hours: (206) 819-9154
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Coast Guard rescues 2 hikers stranded on ledge in Olympic National Park, WA

Coast Guard rescues 2 hikers stranded on ledge in Olympic National Park, WA

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Park Rangers requested a Coast Guard helicopter rescue Allen and Farber due to their inaccessible location to ground rescue crews.

A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew launched and quickly found the hikers when they spotted a cell phone light from the cliffside.

After realizing the hikers were actually about 150 feet from the water line, and huddled closely on a small ledge, the aircrew immediately knew the situation was life-threatening, and it was critical to hoist Allen and Farber as soon as safely possible. 

When the rescue swimmer deployed from the helicopter to hoist the hikers, the brittle condition of the cliff’s face made establishing secure contact challenging as he worked to prepare Allen and Farber to be hoisted into the aircraft. The pilots, hovering about 240 feet above the hikers and rescue swimmer and near the limit of their hoist cable, kept critical attention focused on the nearby trees and dangerous pitch of the cliff’s ledge.

“The time of day and location of the hikers made this, by far, the most difficult hoist of my career,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sammy Hill, the aircraft commander for the rescue. “This was also the first operational rescue for both our rescue swimmer and flight mechanic. Considering the dark and perilous conditions, they did a commendable job saving the lives of these two people in their unprecedented first rescue.” 

The Coast Guard aircrew hoisted the hikers from the ledge at about 2 a.m. and took them to Forks Airport where they were reported to be in good condition.

Hill also noted the success of this rescue is attributed to the joint unit and agency collaboration between the park rangers and multiple Coast Guard units and watchstanders.   

The Coast Guard reminds hikers to always know the tide schedule while exploring near the beach and to always have a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency. The battery on the cell phone these hikers used to vector in their rescuers died just moments after the pilots spotted their location. 

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: May.03: 2021:

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(BOSTON.Mass.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard rescued five mariners from a vessel fire 85 miles east of Cape Cod on Friday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.03: Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod crews were launched and when they arrived on scene the bow and wheelhouse of the vessel were engulfed in flames and all five Nobska crew members were on the stern. The air crew directed them into the water where they were safely hoisted and transported back to shore. No injuries were reported:

‘Coast Guard rescues 5 fishermen from burning vessel 85 miles east of Cape Cod: At approximately 5 p.m. Coast Guard First District watchstanders received an EPIRB notification from the 100-foot trawler Nobska’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 05/01/2021 10:32 AM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast
Contact: 1st District Public Affairs
Office: (617) 223-8515
After Hours: (617) 717-9609
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Coast Guard rescues 5 fishermen from burning vessel 85 miles east of Cape Cod

Coast Guard rescues 5 fishermen from burning vessel 85 miles east of Cape Cod

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A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, and HC-144 Hercules crew responded. 

Weather on scene was 25 mph winds with six-foot seas.

#AceNewsDesk report …Published: May.03: 2021:

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(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned to its homeport after completing a 56-day counter narcotics patrol in the Central Caribbean interdicting $94-million worth of illicit drugs #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.30: During their patrol, a maritime patrol flight spotted a vessel on April 9, and a law enforcement team from the Tampa detained three suspects and discovered 87 bales of cocaine, totaling approximately 5,500 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $94.6 million:

The crew of the Tampa began their patrol by embarking an armed helicopter aircrew from the Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Mayport, Florida, which the crew used in conjunction with their Over-the-Horizon capable pursuit boat to stop suspected drug smuggling vessels.

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/29/2021 03:46 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
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Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers return home after interdicting more than $94 million worth of illicit drugs

The crew of the Tampa’s efforts to combat drug smuggling in the Caribbean are part of Operation Martillo, a larger effort to increase regional stability and undermine the influence of Transnational Criminal Organizations, who routinely attempt to smuggle drugs throughout the region. 

The Tampa crew prioritized readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic and incorporated a series of precautionary measures to include personal protective equipment, as well as the incorporation of vaccinations for members to ensure its crew, family members and community continue to remain safe while achieving mission excellence. 

“This was our third patrol we have conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the crew of the Tampa never ceases to impress me with their incredible perseverance, devotion, and adaptability that they use to tackle each patrol and achieve mission success,” said Capt. Michael Cilenti, Tampa’s commanding officer. “Of course, I would be remiss in not mentioning the true heroes of this patrol, and every patrol: our family and friends back at home, who constantly support us and give us the inspiration to work that much harder. Our success in interdicting the first Caribbean low profile vessel is a testament to that teamwork and focus on mission excellence that makes Tampa so special.”

U.S. Southern Command began what was then known as Enhanced Counter-Narcotics Operations in the Western Hemisphere to increase drug traffic disruption on April 1, 2020. This counter Transnational Criminal Organizations operational approach, which is now enduring, supports objectives to degrade the capabilities of TCOs and ultimately save lives. With increased presence, collaborative efforts have bolstered support to U.S. and partner nations’ law enforcement agencies by sharing information and intelligence. Key partners have been involved in over 60 percent of drug disruptions since April 2020, an increase of 50 percent from 2019. By strengthening partnerships, we maximize regional coverage and increase effectiveness.

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(KEY WEST, Fla.) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo’s crew repatriated two Cuban migrants to Cuba #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.29: We’re always grateful to the boating public for helping us save lives,” said Lt. j.g. James Rimmele, executive officer of Cutter Charles Sexton. “Trying to enter the country in this manner isn’t just illegal, it’s dangerous. Putting yourself out into the dynamic environment of the sea unprepared is never worth the risk.”

Coast Guard repatriates two migrants to Cuba: ‘The Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton embarked two Cuban migrants after they were rescued by a good Samaritan motor tanker STI Brixton crew who saw them waving their arms from a raft Thursday approximately 70 miles southwest of Marathon’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/26/2021 05:05 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast
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Office: 305-415-6683
After Hours: 786-367-7649
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PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Coast Guard repatriates 2 migrants to Cuba

PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Coast Guard repatriates 2 migrants to Cuba

Since Oct. 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 195 Cubans compared to:

  • 5,396 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2016
  • 1,468 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2017
  • 259 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
  • 313 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
  • 49 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2020
PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Coast Guard repatriates 2 migrants to Cuba

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Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19. There were no migrants in these cases reported to have any COVID-19 related symptoms.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.29: 2021;

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(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) USCG REPORT: The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC 901) returned home to Portsmouth Sunday following an 86-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.26: Coast Guard Cutter Bear returns home after interdicting more than $140 million worth of illicit drugs:

Coast Guard Cutter Bear returns home after interdicting more than $140 million worth of illicit drugs: ‘The Bear’s crew interdicted three vessels, seized approximately 8,158 pounds of cocaine, two pounds of methamphetamines, as well as marijuana, worth a combined total of over $140 million, and detained 12 suspected drug smugglers’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/25/2021 02:34 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
After Hours: (757) 295-8435
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Coast Guard Cutter Bear personnel offload approximately 2,300 lbs of cocaine worth more than $43.7 million at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, April 20, 2021. On April 1, 2020, U.S. Southern Command began what was then known as Enhanced Counter Narcotics (CN) Operations in the Western Hemisphere to increase the disruption of drugs. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Charly Tautfest)

The Bear’s crew also coordinated operations with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Tactical Law Enforcement Team South Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET-108), who were deployed aboard the HMCS Saskatoon, a Kingston-class coastal defense vessel from the Canadian Navy. The collaboration supported LEDET-108’s seizure of an additional 2,866 pounds of cocaine and the detention of three suspected smugglers.

Coast Guard Cutter Bear personnel offload approximately 2,300 lbs of cocaine worth more than $43.7 million at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, April 20, 2021. On April 1, 2020, U.S. Southern Command began what was then known as Enhanced Counter Narcotics (CN) Operations in the Western Hemisphere to increase the disruption of drugs. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Charly Tautfest)

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A flight crew and aviation detachment from the Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON), deployed aboard the Bear for the patrol. HITRON crews specialize in airborne use of force, and are based out of Jacksonville, Florida. The crew of the Bear worked in preparation for the counter-narcotics mission, partaking in numerous flight operations to recertify the flight crew and enhance crew proficiency in shipboard helicopter operations and non-complaint vessel training.

The Bear’s crew departed Portsmouth to conduct joint training exercises with the U.S. Navy on January 31. The Bear supported the Navy’s training exercise while operating off the coast of Virginia and the Carolinas, and the crew took advantage of the unique opportunity to become more proficient at war-time steaming.

U.S. Southern Command began what was then known as Enhanced Counter-Narcotics Operations in the Western Hemisphere to increase drug traffic disruption on April 1, 2020. This counter Transnational Criminal Organizations operational approach, which is now enduring, supports objectives to degrade the capabilities of TCOs and ultimately save lives. With increased presence, collaborative efforts have bolstered support to U.S. and partner nations’ law enforcement agencies by sharing information and intelligence. Key partners have been involved in over 60 percent of drug disruptions since April 2020, an increase of 50 percent from 2019. By strengthening partnerships, we maximize regional coverage and increase effectiveness.

There are numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security cooperating in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.

The fight against drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in districts across the nation. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is conducted under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda. The interdictions, including the actual boardings, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

“I am extremely proud of this crew and honored to be their commanding officer,” said Cmdr. Jeff Ferlauto, the Bear’s commanding officer. “It’s been an extremely successful deployment and the crew met each challenge head-on. Since our initial transit through the Panama Canal into the Eastern Pacific, this crew dominated! As we get ready for the home stretch, I want to personally thank all the families and friends for their continued support. I realize that our personal lives and our devotion to duty are in constant tension. We have chosen to serve our country and execute missions that take us far from home and require extended absences from our loved ones.” 

The Bear is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.26: 2021:

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard Joseph Tezanos crew repatriated 18 migrants to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Thursday, following the interdiction of migrant voyage in Mona Passage waters between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.24: The interdiction is the result of ongoing efforts by Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) partner agencies to combat illegal migrant smuggling:

‘Coast Guard repatriates 18 migrants to their own country following interdiction of a voyage in the Mona Passage the group consists of 17 men and a woman, who claimed to be Dominican Republic nationals’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/22/2021 04:29 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Contact: Coast Guard Puerto Rico PA Office
Office: 787-729-2381
After Hours: 787-510-7923
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Coast Guard repatriates 18 migrants to the Dominican Republic, following interdiction of migrant voyage in the Mona Passage 

A makeshift vessel, with 18 migrants aboard interdicted in Mona Passage waters by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos April 20, 2021. The migrants, 17 men and a woman, who claimed to be Dominican Republic nationals, were repatriated to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel just off the Dominican Republic April 22, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


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The aircrew of a Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft detected the illegal voyage Tuesday afternoon; a grossly overloaded 25-foot makeshift vessel in waters northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos responded and, with the assistance of the cutter’s small boat, stopped the migrant vessel. The Joseph Tezanos crew embarked the migrants due to safety of life at sea concerns and destroyed the makeshift vessel as a hazard to navigation.

Prior to embarking, the Joseph Tezanos crew provided the migrants with lifejackets.  Once aboard the cutter, the migrants received food, water and basic medical attention.

“These 18 migrants are among the hundreds of others who risk their lives yearly to enter Puerto Rico illegally on makeshift grossly overloaded vessels,” said Lt. Anthony Orr, Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos commanding officer. “I could not be prouder of my crew for working efficiently and tirelessly to care for these migrants and ensure their safe repatriation.  The success of this operation was due to the impeccable teamwork that we had with CBP, Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, and Sector San Juan’s Command Center and Enforcement Division.”

Cutter Joseph Tezanos is a 154-foot fast response cutter homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

CBIG was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action, in their common goal of securing the borders of Puerto Rico against illegal migrant and drug smuggling.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Apr.24: 2021:

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon crew offloaded nearly $20 million in seized cocaine on Tuesday, following the interdiction of a suspected drug smuggling vessel, approximately 45 nautical miles north of Aguadilla #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: The Coast Guard Jayhawk aircrew successfully stopped the vessel. Following the interdiction, it was discovered one of the suspected smugglers was injured and needed to be medevaced. A Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin aircrew transported the person to a hospital in Puerto Rico to receive further medical care.

Coast Guard offloads nearly $20-million in seized cocaine in San Juan, Puerto Rico: ‘A Customs and Border Protection Caribbean Air and Marine Branch maritime patrol aircraft crew detected a vessel, Saturday, with three people aboard suspected of drug trafficking. The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark and a Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter responded to intercept the vessel’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/21/2021 08:09 AM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Contact: Coast Guard Puerto Rico PA Office
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After Hours: 787-510-7923
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The crew of the Coast Guard Richard Dixon offloaded nearly $20 million in seized cocaine at Coast Guard Base San Juan April 20, 2021. A Coast Guard Cutter MH-60 Jayhawk and the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark interdicted a drug trafficking vessel April 18, 2021 in waters north of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, which resulted in the apprehension of three smugglers and the seizure of approximately 1,052 pounds of cocaine. The interdiction resulted from multi-agency efforts in support of U.S. Southern Command's enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs, and the DEA Caribbean Division Financial Investigative Team (FIT). (U.S. Coast Guard photo).

Coast Guard offloads nearly $20 million in seized cocaine in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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The Paul Clark crew embarked the two remaining suspected smugglers and recovered close to 18 bales, which weighed approximately 1,052 pounds and tested positive for cocaine.

The three suspects are two men and a woman, Dominican Republic nationals, who are facing possible federal prosecution on drug trafficking criminal charges.  Department of Justice partners in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico are leading prosecution efforts in this case.

“Stopping illegal drug trafficking vessels like the one interdicted Saturday is inherently dangerous and involves a high level of skill and risk,” said Capt. Gregory H. Magee, Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan. “These vessels represent a serious threat to the Caribbean region. The professionalism of the interdicting crews and strong partnerships with federal, local and regional law enforcement led to the apprehension of three smugglers and seizure of a major drug shipment in our shared resolve to protect the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from this threat.”

The interdiction resulted from multi-agency efforts in support of U.S. Southern Command’s enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs, and the DEA Caribbean Division Financial Investigative Team (FIT).

“This Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation is one of several cases targeting Transnational Criminal Organizations operating out of South America, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico,” said A.J. Collazo, DEA Caribbean Division Special Agent in Charge. “DEA will continue to work alongside other federal agencies as more seizures like this one can be expected.” 

Cutters Paul Clark and Richard Dixon are 154-foot fast response cutters respectively homeported in Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.22: 2021:

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(MIAMI, Fla.) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Cutter Tampa’s crew offloaded approximately 5,500 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $94.6 million, on Tuesday, after interdicting a low profile vessel off the coast of Punta Gallinas, Colombia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.21: This event is the perfect example of numerous key partners unifying our efforts to counter transnational criminal organizations who look to exploit the maritime environment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Neiman, Seventh District public affairs officer. “By strengthening partnerships, we counter threats together.”

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads $94.6M in cocaine in Miami: ‘A maritime patrol flight spotted the vessel on April 9, and a law enforcement team from the cutter detained three suspects and discovered 87 bales of cocaine all the suspects are reported to be in good health’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/20/2021 06:35 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast
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Office: 305-415-6683
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MULTIMEDIA RELEASE: Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads 
$94.6M 
in cocaine in Miami

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crew interdicts LPV near Punta Gallinas, Colombia
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads approximately $94.6 million in cocaine in Miami
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads approximately $94.6 million in cocaine in Miami
 Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads approximately $94.6 million in cocaine in Miami
 Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads approximately $94.6 million in cocaine in Miam

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The vessel was destroyed as a hazard to navigation.

The interdiction was the result of multi-agency efforts in support of U.S. Southern Command’s enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs, and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF).

On April 1, 2020, U.S. Southern Command began what was then known as Enhanced Counter Narcotics (CN) Operations in the Western Hemisphere to increase the disruption of drugs. This counter Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO)/CN operational approach, which has become enduring, supports our objectives to degrade the capabilities of TCOs and save lives. With our increased presence, we have bolstered support to U.S. and partner nation law enforcement by sharing information and intelligence to help expand target packages. Since then, our key partners have been involved in over 60% of drug disruptions since April 2020 (up from 50% in 2019).

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all suspects receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19. There were no suspects in these cases reported to have any COVID-19 related symptoms.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.22: 2021:

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(SAN PEDRO, Calif.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard and local partner agencies are searching for beach goers who entered the water near Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach, Saturday #AceNewsDesk report

Coast Guard searches for two people in water near Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach: ‘The beach goers are reported to be a white woman with blue hair wearing a bathing suit and the other a black man’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/17/2021 11:11 PM EDTNews Release 

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Coast Guard searches for 2 people in water near Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach

A man fishing nearby notified Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center watchstanders at approximately 3:00 p.m., reporting he witnessed the woman fall into the water and the man jump in after her. 

Coast Guard command center personnel dispatched a Coast Guard Station Morro Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew  and a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to search. 

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, San Luis Obispo County Fire Department Lifeguards and Port San Luis Harbor Patrol personnel also responded to assist in search efforts both on shore and in the water. 

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.19: 2021:

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(NEW ORLEANS) USCG REPORT: Seacor contracted commercial divers from Donjon Marine Company who were diving on the capsized Seacor Power lift boat recovered 2 more unresponsive people Friday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.18: Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and loved ones of everyone involved in this tragic incident,” said Capt. Will Watson, commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “We are using every asset available to us to continue our search efforts.”

Coast Guard UPDATE: Two Seacor crewmembers recovered unresponsive by commercial divers during day 4 of rescue operations: ‘Out of respect for privacy of the family members involved, the Coast Guard is not releasing the names of those rescued, recovered or missing’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/16/2021 09:21 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
618-225-9008
Eighth District online newsroom

UPDATE: 2 Seacor crewmembers recovered unresponsive by commercial divers during day 4 of rescue operations

Donjon divers returned to the scene at 7:50 a.m. Friday to conduct an assessment and began dive operations. The divers had to stop diving mid-morning due to dangerous weather conditions, but resumed diving operations again at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday. 

Donjon dive operations are scheduled to continue throughout Friday evening, weather permitting. 

The timeline for the response so far is as followsTuesday, April 13, 2021

Seacore Power lift boat capsizes

4 rescued by good Samaritans

1 rescued by pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Glen Harris crew

1 rescued by Coast Guard Station Grand Isle crewWednesday, April 14, 20211 unresponsive person recovered by Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack crewThursday, April 15, 20211 unresponsive person recovered by Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Dailey crewFriday, April 16, 20212 unresponsive people recovered by Donjon Marine commercial divers

Rescue assets involved in the search so far:

  • the pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Glen Harris crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Moray crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Dailey crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
  • Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot RB-M boatcrews
  • Coast Guard Air Station Corpus ChristiHC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews 
  • Two Coast Guard Aviation Training Center MobileHC-144 Ocean Sentry airplanes crews
  • Two Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crews
  • Two Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries crews
  • Port Fourchon Harbor Patrol
  • Port Fourchon Sherriff’s Department
  • Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • One commercial air medical service crew
  • Donjon Marine commercial divers

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.18: 2021:

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(SEATTLE) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard assisted U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents with the seizure of a significant amount of methamphetamine west of Port Angeles during a joint interagency operation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.17: Agents seized the contraband and further coordinated with all partner agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations, the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, CBP’s Air and Marine Operations, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

Coast Guard assists CBP, multiple agencies seize meth worth $1.7 million near Port Angeles, WA: ‘After receiving information that suspicious bags were observed near the beach on Apr. 11, a Border Patrol agent arrived and deployed his K-9 partner. The Border Patrol K-9 led the agent to multiple bags and alerted to the presence of narcotics. The bags contained 342 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $1.7 million’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/16/2021 06:32 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest
Contact: 13th District Public Affairs
Office: (206) 220-7237
After Hours: (206) 251-3237
13th District online newsroom

Coast Guard assists CBP, multiple agencies seize meth worth $1.7 million near Port Angeles, WA

Methamphetamine seized near Port Angeles, Washington.. Photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Bags containing 342 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $1.7 million. Photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

“This seizure highlights the great work the United States Border Patrol conducts with its U.S. and Canadian law enforcement partners.” said Chief Patrol Agent David S. BeMiller.  “Trans-national criminal organizations capitalizing on this vulnerable area by smuggling narcotics are a danger to the community.  By focusing on border security, we are enhancing national security.”

Coast Guard assets and crews that contributed to the effort were:

  • Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound
  • Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Adelie crew
  • Coast Guard Station Port Angeles boatcrews
  • Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles aircrews

“I am incredibly proud of our United States Coast Guard team working in conjunction with both our U.S. and Canadian law enforcement partners to secure the maritime border,” said Rear Adm. Anthony Vogt, commander, 13th Coast Guard District. “The operations of trans-national criminal organizations are on-going regardless of the COVID pandemic. The women and men of the United States Coast Guard will continue to protect the communities we serve and disrupt these illegal activities taking place in the maritime domain.” 

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.17: 2021:

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(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard Cutter Forward (WMEC 911) returned to its homeport in Portsmouth after a two-month patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, working to suppress and eradicate the movement of illegal drugs in the region, Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

Coast Guard Cutter Forward returns home after two-month patrol: ‘The crew of the Forward worked in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and the Canadian Navy to execute the mission, resulting in the seizure of 6,800 pounds of cocaine, 5,300 pounds of marijuana, two pounds of methamphetamine and the detainment of 14 suspected drug smugglers’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/13/2021 12:20 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
After Hours: (757) 295-8435
5th District online newsroom

Coast Guard Cutter Forward returns home after two-month patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Forward returns home after two-month patrol

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“These deployments highlight our successful interoperability with multiple domestic and international partners all committed to curbing the flow of illegal drugs to our borders,” said Lt. Vincent Zieser, the operations officer and lead coordinator aboard the Forward. “We certainly enjoyed their support and teamwork.”

U.S. Southern Command began what was then known as Enhanced Counter-Narcotics Operations in the Western Hemisphere to increase drug traffic disruption on April 1, 2020. This counter Transnational Criminal Organizations operational approach, which is now enduring, supports objectives to degrade the capabilities of TCOs and ultimately save lives. With increased presence, collaborative efforts have bolstered support to U.S. and partner nations’ law enforcement agencies by sharing information and intelligence. Key partners have been involved in over 60 percent of drug disruptions since April 2020, an increase of 50 percent from 2019. By strengthening partnerships, we maximize regional coverage and increase effectiveness.

There are numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.

The fight against drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in districts across the nation. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is conducted under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda. The interdictions, including the actual boardings, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard

The Forward is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth. The cutter’s primary mission includes search and rescue, illegal drug interdictions, alien migrant interdictions, ensuring safety of life at sea and enforcing international and domestic maritime laws.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.15: 2021:

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(NEW ORLEANS) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard and multiple good Samaritan vessels rescued six people from a capsized commercial vessel Tuesday and are searching for more 8 miles south of Port Fourchon #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.14: Coast Guard watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon notification at 4:30 p.m. of a distressed 129-foot commercial lift vessel. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which multiple good Samaritan boatcrews responded to.

‘ Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 6 people from capsized vessel 8 miles south of Port Fourchon searching for more’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/13/2021 11:12 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
Office: 504-671-2020
After Hours: 618-225-9008
Eighth District online newsroom

A Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Respone Boat-Medium boatcrew heads toward a capsized 175-foot commerical lift boat April 13, 2021 searching for people in the water 8 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris, a pre-commissioned 154-foot Fast Reponse Cutter, pulls a person from the water April 13, 2021 after a 175-foot commercial lift boat capsized 8 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

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The crew of the pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris, a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, arrived on scene within 30 minutes and rescued one person from the capsized vessel. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle rescued another person and good Samaritan vessels on scene rescued four other people from the water.

Rescue crews searching:

Editors’ Note: Our initial Tweet incorrectly reported the vessel is 265-feet and off Grand Isle. The correct vessel length is 129-feet and it’s south of Port Fourchon.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.14: 2021:

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(LONGPORT, N.J.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker who was in distress off the coast of Longport, New Jersey Thursday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.09: Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders received a call from Egg Harbor Township 911 dispatch stating there was a person in the water calling for help in the vicinity of Longport Dog Beach:

Coast Guard rescues kayaker from water off the coast of Longport, N.J. ‘A Coast Guard Station Atlantic City 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew arrived on scene quickly and rescued a man from the water who had been clinging onto a submerged kayak’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/08/2021 06:54 PM EDTNews Release

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Public Affairs North
D5 Public Affairs North, Baltimore, Md
Office: (410) 576-2541 

After Hours: (757) 295-8435
D5 Public Affairs North online newsroom

Photos available: Coast Guard rescues kayaker near Longport, N.J.

Members of Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, New Jersey rescued a kayaker from the water April 08, 2021. Margate City Fire Department crew members arrived on scene and assisted the Coast Guard in placing the kayak in side tow. (U.S. Coast Guard curtesy photo provided by Margate City Fire Department/Released.)
Members of Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, New Jersey rescued a kayaker from the water April 08, 2021. Margate City Fire Department crew members arrived on scene and assisted the Coast Guard in placing the kayak in side tow. (U.S. Coast Guard curtesy photo provided by Margate City Fire Department/Released.)

Margate City Fire Department arrived on scene and assisted the Coast Guard in placing the kayak in side tow.

The Coast Guard boatcrew returned the kayaker to shore where he was met by by local emergency medical services and transferred to Shore Memorial Hospital. 

“The quick response of Station Atlantic City was a vital role in the outcome of this case,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Alexander Castonguay, the Command Duty Officer of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center. “Consistent training provides Coast Guard members to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to cases no matter when they occur.” 

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.09: 2021:

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(NEW ORLEANS) USCG REPORT: Thanks to a ‘Good Samaritan” The Coast Guard medevaced two mariners Thursday from a vessel taking on water near Lake Pontchartrain #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.02: The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station New Orleans 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew to the area:

Coast Guard rescues 2 from vessel taking on water near Lake Pontchartrain: ‘Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report from a ‘Good Samaritan’ at 11:47 a.m., reporting a half-submerged 20-foot recreational vessel taking on water with two mariners aboard waving their arms’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/01/2021 08:02 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
Office: 504-671-2020
After Hours: 618-225-9008
Eighth District online newsroom

Coast Guard rescues 2 from vessel taking on water near Lake Pontchartrain

Coast Guard rescues 2
Coast Guard rescues 2 from vessel taking on water near Lake Pontchartrain
Coast Guard Rescues 2

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The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted one mariner suffering from hyperthermia and transported them to University Medical Center New Orleans LCMC Health in reportedly stable condition. The boatcrew transported the other mariner to Station New Orleans where emergency medical services took them for further medical care.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.02: 2021:

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(SEATTLE) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to a boat fire Monday morning at Quartermaster Harbor Yacht Club on Vashon Island this morning #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.30: At 4:16 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received notification from dispatchers at Valley Communications Center that two 40-foot yachts were on fire at the end of the marina’s south pier and local fire department personnel were on scene.

Coast Guard, partners respond to boat fire, pollution incident on Vashon Island, WA at approximately 4:30 a.m., a Coast Guard Station Seattle 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew responded and an Air Station Port Angeles aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter diverted from routine operations at King County International Airport.

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 03/29/2021 06:30 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest
Contact: 13th District Public Affairs
Office: (206) 220-7237
After Hours: (206) 251-3237
13th District online newsroom

Coast Guard, partners respond to boat fire, pollution incident on Vashon Island, WA

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Once on scene, the Coast Guard Station Seattle boatcrew began enforcing a 500-yard safety zone, while a Vashon Island Fire Department and Tacoma Fire Department boat crews extinguished the flames. The helicopter aircrew provided aerial support and information regarding observable pollution in the water.

At 7:30 a.m., the Vashon Island Fire Chief reported that no one was aboard either vessel, both of which sank at the pier. The helicopter aircrew reported a 60-foot by 120-foot visible sheen in and around the marina.

At 8 a.m. Coast Guard pollution responders from Sector Puget Sound were en route to the scene. Containment and cleanup operations are ongoing, and the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

“The Coast Guard and our port partners are working with the vessel owners to mitigate impact on the environment and to remove pollutants and the vessels from the waterway,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brett Ettinger, chief of incident management at Sector Puget Sound.

An estimated maximum potential for pollution is 600 gallons of gasoline.

Responding agencies/units:
– U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle (45-foot response boat-medium)
– U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles (MH-65 Dolphin helicopter)
– U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division (pollution response team)
– Tacoma Fire Department Marine Unit
– Vashon Island Fire Department
– Washington State Department of Ecology
– Washington State Department of Natural Resources

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.30: 2021:

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(OREGON INLET, N.C.) USCG Report: The Coast Guard medevaced a 28-year-old male mariner from a 57-foot fishing vessel approximately 17 miles off the coast of Oregon Inlet, N.C., Saturday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.28: Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center were notified via VHF Channel 16 by the operator of the fishing vessel that they needed medical assistance.

Coast Guard medevacs mariner off the coast of Oregon Inlet, N.C. : ‘After arriving on scene, the RBS boatcrew transferred an EMT certified crewmember aboard the vessel to offer first aid’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 03/27/2021 01:40 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
After Hours: (757) 295-8435
5th District online newsroom

Coast Guard medevacs mariner off the coast of Oregon Inlet, N.C.

Coast Guard Station Oregon  Inlet launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew to assist.

The RBS boatcrew escorted the fishing vessel to the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center where the mariner was transferred to The Outer Banks Hospital by awaiting Dare County Emergency Medical Services personnel.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.28: 2021:

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(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard Cutter Northland returned home to Portsmouth from a patrol in support of the Eighth Coast Guard District, Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.24: The Northland crew embarked an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aviation detachment for the patrol to assist in spotting vessels and targets of interest before launching the cutter small boats:

Coast Guard Cutter Northland Returns from Gulf of Mexico patrol: ‘During the patrol, the crew of the Northland conducted daily law enforcement boardings and patrolled the waters for any illegal fishing boats or gear to ensure fair, safe, and sustainable practices’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 03/23/2021 09:26 AM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
After Hours: (757) 295-8435
5th District online newsroom

Coast Guard Cutter Northland Returns from Gulf of Mexico patrol

Northland sunrise

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Prior to beginning patrol, the Northland crew underwent a training availability to test their ability to respond to a variety of shipboard scenarios, such as engine room fires and defense operations. Immediately following the inspection, the Northland crew sailed to Pensacola, Florida, where they successfully completed a biennial evaluation of shipboard helicopter operations.

Upon leaving Pensacola, the cutter patrolled the Maritime Boundary Line, between the United States and Mexico. Once on scene, the crew began fisheries enforcement, deterring illegal fishing and ensuring compliance with federal laws. 

Constant surveillance led to the interdiction of one vessel illegally fishing in U.S. waters and the retrieval of miles of fishing gear intentionally left behind by foreign fishermen. The Northland’s presence and enforcement of laws ensured the safety, fairness, and longevity of fisheries throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

“I continue to be impressed with the drive and adaptability that the crew demonstrates on a daily basis,” said Cmdr. Patricia Bennett, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Northland. “I am thankful for the crew’s desire for mission excellence, and also grateful for the Northland being afforded the opportunity to conduct domestic fisheries operations. It is a mission that helps ensure the safety of fishermen and helps sustain a natural marine resource with global implications. Halting illegal fishing through the combination of effective policy and enforcement actions is the best way to prevent the detrimental impact to coastal communities, nations reliant upon seafood as a primary source of protein, and the entire oceanic ecosystem.”

The Northland is a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter that routinely deploys in support of counter-drug, alien migrant interdiction, fisheries, search and rescue and homeland security missions.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.24: 2021:

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(ALAMEDA, Calif.) JUST IN: USCG REPORT: The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) is scheduled to offload approximately 8,200 pounds of seized cocaine and 11,450 pounds of marijuana Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the ship’s homeport at Coast Guard Base #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: The drugs, in total worth an estimated $330 million, were seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean between January and March, representing 15 suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by the following Coast Guard and Navy ships:

Coast Guard to offload more than 19,600 pounds of cocaine, marijuana in Alameda: ‘Prior to the Munro’s arrival in Alameda, the crew transferred 12 detainees, approximately 9,200 pounds of cocaine and 2,150 pounds of marijuana to law enforcement officials in San Diego’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 03/23/2021 03:05 AM EDTMedia Advisory 

U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area
Contact: Coast Guard Pacific Area Public Affairs
D11-DG-M-PACAREA-PA@uscg.mil
Pacific Area online newsroom

Coast Guard to offload more than 19,600 pounds of cocaine, marijuana in Alameda

Credentialed media interested in attending the offload must RSVP with a list of names for base access at D11-DG-M-PACAREA-PA@uscg.mil by 7 a.m. Tuesday.  Media are requested to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. with a driver’s license and proof of insurance in order to be processed through security.  Location for the event is Coast Guard Island, Alameda, California.

  • The Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) crew was responsible for nine interdictions, seizing approximately 10,200 pounds of cocaine and 11,450 pounds of marijuana.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC 901) crew was responsible for two interdictions, seizing approximately 66 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC 617) crew was responsible for one interdiction, seizing approximately 1,870 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutters Bear and Munro conducted a joint interdiction, seizing approximately 3,747 pounds of cocaine.
  • Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 107 deployed aboard the USS Freedom (LCS 1) was responsible for two interdictions, seizing approximately 1,600 pounds of cocaine and 2,150 pounds of marijuana.

Scheduled speakers at the offload include Coast Guard Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, the commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area; Capt. Blake Novak, the commanding officer of the Munro; Wade Shannon, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration; and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, mayor of Alameda.

“Transnational criminal organizations have not slowed down due to the pandemic, and the Coast Guard women and men continue to protect our nation on the frontlines,” Novak said.  “Our crew intercepted a group of suspected smugglers, on average, every 90 hours for 45 days straight, seizing nearly 30,000 pounds of cocaine and marijuana valued at over $330 million.  Maintaining such a high level of performance was only possible because of a total team effort.  This crew set the bar for excellence, and I am incredibly proud of all of them.”

On April 1, 2020, U.S. Southern Command increased counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs. Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.

The fight against drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring, and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in districts across the nation. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is conducted under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda. The interdictions, including the actual boardings, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Munro is one of four National Security Cutters homeported in Alameda. These Legend class cutters are 418-feet long, 54-feet wide, and have a 4,600 long-ton displacement. They have a top speed in excess of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, endurance of up to 90 days and can hold a crew of nearly 150.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.23: 2021:

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