The U.S. Coast Guard Reliance-class medium endurance cutter, USCGC Steadfast (WMEC-623) is scheduled to return home Friday at 5 p.m. 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 and stopped eight separate vessels suspected of smuggling illicit drugs. The eight boardings resulted in the discovery and seizure of approximately 5,965 kilograms (13,123 lbs.) of cocaine worth more than $200 million wholesale.
The 210-foot cutter deployed to the Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South) with the primary mission of detecting and interdicting illegal drug traffickers. While deployed, Steadfast’s crew also performed a variety of missions including counter terrorism training, foreign engagements, humanitarian aid, and search and rescue operations.
Steadfast’s crew sailed over 13,000 nautical miles during their patrol enforcing maritime safety and security in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
USCGC Steadfast (WMEC-623)
USCGC Steadfast (WMEC-623) is a United States Coast Guard Reliance Class medium endurance cutter and has served the United States for over 40 years.
Commissioned in 1968, Steadfast was home ported in St. Petersburg, Florida for her first 24 years of service. In 1992, she was decommissioned for Major Maintenance Availability (MMA) to extend her service another 25 years. Following MMA in February 1994, Steadfast was re-commissioned and home ported in Astoria, Oregon.
U.S. Coast Guard 13th District PA Detachment Astoria