The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to Astoria Sunday following a 61-day counter narcotics patrol off the coast of Central and South America.
The crew of the 46-year old ship interdicted two suspected smuggling vessels stopping an estimated 2,300 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $28 million.
USCGC Alert’s crew also improved their proficiency by conducting 94 safety and mission specific drills. These exercises included shipboard emergency response, navigation proficiency, and live-fire gunnery exercises.
Alert is one of 16 210-foot Reliance-class medium endurance cutters built for the Coast Guard. Commissioned in 1969, Alert is one of only three stationed on the West Coast and has an area of responsibility ranging throughout the Pacific Ocean.