The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Stratton returned to its homeport at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California, Friday, after a 140-day deployment to the Arctic and Central America.
Since departing in July, the Stratton’s crew completed a 24,000-mile deployment in support of the nation’s interests in the Arctic and joint counter-drug operations off the coast of California and Central America.
During this operational patrol, Stratton’s law enforcement crews seized and disrupted 6.6 tons of illegal narcotics valued in excess of $27.5 Million. Stratton Coast Guardsmen assisted mariners in four separate Search and Rescue cases. Furthering national strategic goals, the cutter’s crew patrolled the Arctic and conducted interoperability tests with new equipment.
Stratton Coast Guardsmen worked closely with the communities in isolated locations of Point Lay, Gamble and Barrow, Alaska. The crew went ashore to schools and civic centers to teach water safety and provide life jackets to community members.
Press release, Image: USCG