After 55 days on narcotics enforcement patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast returned to Astoria, Ore. on Oct. 3.
The 210-foot medium endurance cutter traveled over 11,000 miles between Oregon and Central America, for training, law enforcement, search-and-rescue and helicopter operations in international waters, the agency said.
The crew was deployed with Maintenance Augmentation Team Seattle, Electronic Support Detachment Petaluma and another cutter, the Argus, which is expected to be commissioned soon, according to the Coast Guard.
During its tour, the Steadfast pursued a high-speed, panga-style vessel suspected of smuggling contraband before handing off the case to a partner nation.
“This was a wildly productive deployment with noteworthy enhancements to crew qualifications and proficiency following a significant personnel turnover,” said new Steadfast commanding officer, Cmdr. Brock S. Eckel. He assumed command in July.
The Steadfast is a 54-year-old Reliance Class cutter that has been homeported in Astoria since 1994. Previously, Steadfast was homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.