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October 31, 2011


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MULTIMEDIA RELEASE: A Halloween homecoming for the cutter Waesche

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returned home to Alameda today after a three-month deployment in the Pacific Ocean during which the cutter and crew interdicted two separate drug smuggling vessels within a 48-hour period.

"It's an honor returning home after our inaugural and successful counter-narcotics patrol. We prevented $25 million dollars worth of illegal narcotics from reaching U.S. shores," said Capt. Kelly Hatfield, commanding officer of Waesche. “The cabability of this ship coupled with the best crew I have ever served with exceeds my expectations on a daily basis. With over 10 years of sea time, I have never experienced a ship that could do so much, so efficiently, and so reliably."

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche and its crew return home after a 90-day patrol in the Pacific Ocean. During the deployment, the cutter and crew interdicted two separate drug smuggling vessels within a 48-hour period, which resulted in about 500 kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of five suspects. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Rivera.

ALAMEDA, Calif. —The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche and its crew return home after a 90-day patrol in the Pacific Ocean. During the deployment, the cutter and crew interdicted two separate drug smuggling vessels within a 48-hour period, which resulted in about 500 kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of five suspects. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Rivera.

 

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard line-handlers tend to the mooring of Coast Guard Cutter Waesche as it pulls into its homeport of Alameda, after a 90-day patrol in the Pacific Ocean. During the deployment, the cutter and crew interdicted two separate drug smuggling vessels within a 48-hour period, which resulted in about 500 kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of five suspects. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Rivera.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard line-handlers tend to the mooring of Coast Guard Cutter Waesche as it pulls into its homeport of Alameda, after a 90-day patrol in the Pacific Ocean. During the deployment, the cutter and crew interdicted two separate drug smuggling vessels within a 48-hour period, which resulted in about 500 kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of five suspects. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Rivera.

 

ALAMEDA, Calif. – A crewmember aboard Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, greets his family on a Happy Halloween day after returning home after a 90-day patrol in the Pacific Ocean. During the deployment, the cutter and crew interdicted two separate drug smuggling vessels within a 48-hour period, which resulted in about 500 kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of five suspects. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Rivera.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A crewmember aboard Coast Guard Cutter Waesche greets his family on a Happy Halloween day returning home after a 90-day patrol in the Pacific Ocean. During the deployment, the cutter and crew interdicted two separate drug smuggling vessels within a 48-hour period, which resulted in about 500 kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of five suspects. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Rivera.

 

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard line-handlers tend to the mooring of Coast Guard Cutter Waesche as it pulls into its homeport of Alameda, after a 90-day patrol in the Pacific Ocean. During the deployment, the cutter and crew interdicted two separate drug smuggling vessels within a 48-hour period, which resulted in about 500 kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of five suspects. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Rivera.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Line-handlers tend mooring of Coast Guard Cutter Waesche after it pulls into its homeport of Alameda after a 90-day patrol in the Pacific Ocean. During the deployment, the cutter and crew interdicted two separate drug smuggling vessels within a 48-hour period, which resulted in about 500 kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of five suspects. Waesche routinely conducts operations from South America to the Bering Sea where their unmatched combination of range, speed, and ability to operate in extreme weather provides the mission flexibility necessary to conduct alien migrant interdiction operations, fisheries protection, search and rescue, counter-narcotics and homeland security operations at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sondra-Kay Rivera.

VIDEO:

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Waesche returns to their homeport at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Oct. 31, 2011. The crew is welcomed home by their families and loved ones just in time to celebrate the Halloween Holiday after a 3-month patrol in the Pacific Ocean resulting in the seizure of 500 kilograms of cocaine. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Critchfield.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Waesche returns to their homeport at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Oct. 31, 2011. The crew is welcomed home by their families and loved ones just in time to celebrate Halloween after a 3-month patrol in the Pacific Ocean resulting in the seizure of 500 kilograms of cocaine. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Critchfield.

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