Waesche Comes Home

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Davonte Marrow

Waesche Comes Home


Above, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche forms alongside approximately 18 tons of cocaine that they offloaded at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego last Thursday. Over the last two months, crews from the U.S. Coast Guard cutters Waesche, Hamilton, Mohawk, Dependable, Valiant, Active, Campbell and Confidence teamed up in the Eastern Pacific Ocean to seize the narcotics with a total value of $514 million.

The Waesche alone accounted for more than 17,000 pounds of the cocaine offloaded last week. Those drugs alone had an estimated value of more than $266 million. 

The Coast Guard Island-based cutter also apprehended 20 suspected narcotics traffickers and seized two vessels: a self-propelled submarine and what the Coast Guard called “a low-profile vessel.” 

The Waesche returned home to Coast Guard Island on Monday.