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  • 31 January 2014

    The US Coast Guard Cutter Farallon intercepted and offloaded 300 pounds of cocaine, worth up to USD 3.5 million on January 29, 2014.   The seizure is a result of cooperation between the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs Border Protection, Drug Enforcement Administration and Dominican Republic Navy coordinated efforts. During a routine patrol, the US Coast […]

  • 24 August 2015
    Authorities

    The US Coast Guard offloaded nearly $600,000 estimated wholesale value of marijuana, a total of 650 pounds, at Coast Guard Sector Miami, Friday. On Aug. 3, the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable detected a go-fast vessel with suspicious packages off the coast of Jamaica. The men aboard the go-fast began jettisoning packages overboard after the Dependable […]

  • 16 June 2017
    Authorities

    The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded some 18 tons of cocaine seized in 18 separate interdictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from March 2017 through June 2017. The cocaine was offloaded in San Diego on Thursday by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard cutter Waesche. “Our nation faces significant threats posed by transnational organized crime networks that spread […]

  • 5 December 2013

    The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted a panga boat with 201 bales of marijuana and two suspected smugglers aboard approximately 140 miles southwest of San Diego, Monday evening. After a Sacramento-based Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules patrol aircraft detected the 30-foot boat around 3:40 p.m., the Coast Guard Cutter Active launched an interceptor boat to investigate. A […]

  • 26 November 2014

    The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) intercepted approximately 875 pounds of cocaine being smuggled aboard a fishing vessel while on patrol in international waters off the coast of Central America. Vandegrift is currently deployed to the 4th Fleet area of operations in […]

  • 20 February 2017
    Authorities

    After several U.S. Coast Guard cutters seized more than 13 tons of cocaine, the crew of USCGC Midgett offloaded the contraband at Naval Base San Diego on February 16. The cocaine was seized in international waters off the coast of Central and South America by crews of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Sherman, Tahoma, Midgett, Diligence and […]

  • 19 December 2012
    Industry news

    HMS Penzance has arrived in Rosyth – the latest of the Sandown-class flotilla of minehunters to receive a multi-million-pound overhaul. The ship follows her recently-revamped sister Grimsby into the ship shed on the Forth, where she’ll spend five months receiving upgrades, improvements and a general overhaul. HMS Penzance has arrived in Rosyth as the minehunter […]

  • 19 August 2016
    Authorities

    The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman offloaded approximately 11 tons of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego, August 18. Several U.S. Coast Guard cutters seized a combined total of approximately 11 tons of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from mid-June through July. The drugs, interdicted in international waters off the coast […]

  • 17 August 2012

    Norfolk-based frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) retrieved 1,250 pounds of cocaine while being resupplied by an air drop at sea during Operation Martillo, Aug. 15. A long range P-3 patrol aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) decreased altitude, passed close to the ship and dropped a single parachute attached to a sealed […]

  • 24 March 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The crew of HMS Diamond have been reunited with their ship after spending months ashore while it received a multi-million pound upgrade. The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer has undergone extensive maintenance and improvements since it returned from operations last July. Work included installation of the potent Harpoon missile system and upgrades to communications and IT […]

  • 20 April 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Officials from the U.S. and Canada welcomed back a U.S. Coast Guard cutter with more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine on Thursday as allied forces set record drug seizure rates in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Navy ships have seized more cocaine in the last six months than in […]

  • 19 July 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The US Coast Guard cutter Alert (WMEC-630) has returned to her homeport of Astoria following a 56-day counterdrug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Alert crewmembers and a tactical law enforcement detachment team conducted multiple interdictions while patrolling international waters off the coast of Central America. They resulted in more than 12,000 pounds of suspected cocaine […]

  • 13 November 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    Huntington Ingalls Industries, American military shipbuilding company announced, Nov. 12, that its Continental Maritime of San Diego subsidiary was awarded the Blue Sky Award by San Diego County’s Air Pollution Control District for its initiatives to reduce air pollution. The APCD annually recognizes one small, one medium and one large business or organization for their […]

  • 28 August 2015
    Authorities

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine agents and international partners intercepted a suspicious vessel loaded with 570 pounds of cocaine in international waters off the coast of Panama. The estimated street value of the drugs is more than $42 million. A CBP OAM crew aboard a P-3 Orion fixed-wing aircraft detected […]

  • 28 January 2013

    Law enforcement crews aboard the Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Waesche seized more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana from a boat approximately 300 miles west of San Diego and apprehended three suspects Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, during a counter-narcotics patrol. It all began when a Sacramento-based Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft flying above international waters spotted […]

  • 21 September 2017
    Authorities

    The US Coast Guard has offloaded a record amount of cocaine seized within 12 months of cocaine-chasing operations. A total of 50,550 pounds (22.9 tons) of cocaine and heroin worth an estimated $679.3 million was offloaded Wednesday in San Diego at Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. Marking a record-breaking year in cocaine seizures for the service, […]

  • 14 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), in support of Operation Martillo, intercepted approximately 750 pounds of cocaine being smuggled aboard a fishing vessel while on routine patrol off the coast of Central America, Sept. 14. The 11th Coast Guard District directed the Vandegrift to […]

  • 23 December 2014
    Authorities

    USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Det., (LEDET), recovered approximately 1,700 pounds of cocaine found adrift in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America, Dec. 2. Vandegrift found the drugs while on patrol in support of Operation Martillo. One of Vandegrift’s SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters, from Helicopter Anti-Submarine […]

  • 2 September 2015
    Authorities

    The crew of US Coast Guard Cutter Adelie interdicted an estimated 2,900 pounds of marijuana and detained two people off the coast of Point Loma, California, Saturday. The bust is the second interdiction of illegal drugs by Washington-based patrol boats within the last week. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish interdicted 24 kilograms of […]

  • 11 August 2015
    Authorities

    After more than two months at sea, members aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Stratton spent four hours offloading more than 66,000 pounds of cocaine yesterday they and partner agencies interdicted at sea in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The crew of the Stratton received the Director’s Award for Sustained Distinguished Service from the Executive Office of […]

  • 13 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), in support of Operation Martillo, recovered approximately 1,100 pounds of cocaine found adrift in the Pacific Ocean Oct. 27 in connection with illegal drug smuggling while on patrol off the coast of Central America. One of Vandegrift’s SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters, from Helicopter […]

  • 26 August 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The US Coast Guard welcomed its two newest national security cutters rare dual-commissioning ceremony at Base Honolulu, Hawaii, on Saturday. The Coast Guard cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) and Coast Guard cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) are the seventh and eighth legend-class national security cutters in the Coast Guard’s fleet. The Kimball and Midgett will join the […]

  • 14 June 2016
    Authorities

    The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded approximately 21 tons of cocaine seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean from the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche in San Diego, Monday. An additional eight tons of contraband seized in the region was transferred ashore in Miami earlier in the day. The drugs were interdicted in international waters […]

  • 28 January 2015
    Authorities

    The US Coast Guard interdicted a Mexican fishing crew who fled from authorities Sunday, after poaching shark, red snapper, and eel in the waters off South Texas. At approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday, an Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew observed a Mexican fishing boat, also known as a lancha, 22 miles north of […]

  • 23 September 2015
    Authorities

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents and interagency partners intercepted more than 3,400 pounds of cocaine during two separate at-sea interdictions off the coast of Central America. The wholesale value of the seized drugs is tens of millions of dollars. On Sept. 12, a Jacksonville-based OAM aircrew aboard a P-3 […]

  • 22 March 2011

      The Navy announced in NAVADMIN 094/11, released March 20, that eligible family members of Navy civilians, based on the island of Honshu, Japan, are authorized voluntary departure to the continental United States for a period not to exceed 30 days. “Navy civilians and their families are an integral part of the total force,” explained […]

  • 10 December 2018
    Authorities

    The US Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy offloaded more than 5,100 pounds of seized cocaine in San Diego on December 7. This follows a 49-day counterdrug patrol in the Eastern Pacific aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Edmonton with an embedded US Coast Guard law enforcement detachment. Worth nearly $70 million wholesale, the cocaine […]

  • 27 October 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard ship that seized 5,600 pounds (2,540 kilos) of cocaine and arrested five smugglers in September this year are set to return home to San Diego where they will offload the contraband on October 27. With the assistance of a U.S. Navy aircraft, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Waesche […]

  • 16 August 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    Crews aboard the pre-commissioned US Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) have seized more than 4,600 pounds of cocaine from a low-profile go-fast vessel in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The cocaine was discovered after the coast guard boarded the vessel on July 31. This was the second at-sea cocaine seizure made by […]