Cutter Waesche Returns

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sarah Foster   Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Lewis, Coast Guard Cutter Waesche crewmember, greets his wife and newborn upon the ship’s return to homeport at Coast Guard Island Wednesday, June 15. The ship returned after completing a 109-day deployment.

Cutter Waesche Returns


National Security Cutter Waesche returned home Wednesday, June 15, after more than three months patrolling the coasts off South and Central America. These patrols resulted in large contraband seizures, followed by a recent offload in San Diego.

The collected contraband, cocaine, accumulated from 27 seizures by the Coast Guard and agency partners, totaling more than 21 tons, was offloaded on Monday, June 12, in San Diego.

These joint-agency counter-drug interdictions were carried out as part of Operation Martillo, an international operation focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land, and maritime assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and Western Hemisphere and European partner nation agencies to counter illicit trafficking.

Other patrol highlights included rescuing endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles caught in drifted nets. The three turtles were released to the ocean once freed by Waesche crewmembers. 

Cutter Waesche is a 418-foot National Security Cutter with a crew complement of approximately 130 and is the second of a scheduled nine Legend-Class National Security cutters that are replacing obsolete and aging Hamilton-Class cutters.