Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned home Friday after a 10,000-mile, 49-day counter-narcotics patrol in the Pacific, netting $33 million in cocaine.
Steadfast crew intercepted a smuggling vessel while patrolling waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The interdiction resulted in 2,400 pounds of cocaine and three arrests of suspected traffickers.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, cutters patrolling in the Eastern Pacific push U.S. borders over 1,500 miles which is critical to confronting drug cartels and enhancing national security.
“This patrol reinforced the maxim that people, not platforms, are the most important key to operational success,” said Cmdr. Craig Allen, commanding officer of the Steadfast. “Despite encountering some significant equipment and logistics challenges, the Steadfast crew rose to the occasion time and again and achieved remarkable results.”
Steadfast is a 53-year-old Reliance Class 210-foot medium endurance cutter that has been homeported in Astoria since 1994. Steadfast’s primary missions include search and rescue, counter-drug, migration interdiction and homeland security operations.