U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returns home to Alameda after 97 days

(Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama)
(Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama)

ALAMEDA (BCN) — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returned home to Alameda Sunday morning after a 97-day deployment off the coast of Central America, Coast Guard officials said.

The crew returned at 10 a.m. to a crowd of family members braving the rain, waving signs to welcome them home.

Starting in August, the ship’s crew traveled 15,000 nautical miles to conduct counter-narcotics, search-and-rescue and living marine resource operations.

The crew of the Waesche seized more than 27,000 pounds of cocaine, estimated to be worth more than $797 million, and apprehended 24 suspected narcotics traffickers, Coast Guard officials said.

In early September, the ship’s crew seized a self-propelled semi-submersible in the Eastern Pacific carrying an estimated seven tons of cocaine, according to the Coast Guard.

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