Capt. Craig Wieschhorster relieved Capt. Nathan Moore as commander of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, a 418-foot National Security Cutter homeported in Alameda in a change-of-command ceremony held last Thursday, June 8.
More than $181 million in cocaine largest haul in history
On July 18 the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, whose home port is Coast Guard Island, seized a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel carrying more than 16,000 pounds of cocaine — 275 bales worth more than $181 million wholesale. The crew also apprehended four suspected smugglers. A U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft detected the 40-foot vessel in the Pacific Ocean more than 200-miles south of Mexico.
Welcome Home, Stratton
Friends and family were excited to greet their loved ones aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton as it returned home to Coast Guard Island last Sunday. Since departing Jan. 6, Stratton completed a 22,000-mile patrol in support of joint counter-drug operations off the coast of California and in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
First Lady Michelle Obama commissioned the Stratton at Coast Guard Island on March 31, 2012. She is the official sponsor of the Stratton and is the first First Lady to sponsor a Coast Guard cutter.