Alameda November 24, 2010 - The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf and its crew returned to its homeport of Alameda, Nov. 24, 2010, just in time for the crew to enjoy the holidays with their loved ones, following its first 90-day operational patrol in the Eastern Pacific.
While on patrol, Bertholf made the transition from testing and evaluation to fully mission capable, interdicting an estimated 12,400 kilograms of cocaine valued at nearly $400 million, destined for the United States. During several separate cases, Bertholf detained nine persons suspected of illegal activity and entered 27 associated smugglers into national databases which will also serve to aid future efforts in the region.
“The crew and cutter performed beyond my highest expectations in this first full operational patrol,” said Capt. J. F. Prince, commanding officer, CGC Bertholf. “The capability Bertholf brings to this mission, and all Coast Guard missions, proved the value of the National Security Cutter and its importance to our nation’s homeland and national security strategies.”
Bertholf’s crew operated alongside the Department of Defense, Joint Interagency and international partners in carrying out the Coast Guard’s drug and suspected migrant interdiction missions. At the outset of the patrol, Bertholf provided command and control capabilities in support of suspected counter-drug and migrant interdiction operations off the coast of California in the vicinity of the Southwest Border.
Bertholf’s crew also worked with Joint Interagency Task Force South to detect and monitor illicit trafficking. Bertholf disrupted and seized contraband from a wide variety of drug vessels, including: fishing vessels, high speed panga-style vessels and a multi-engine, go-fast vessel.
Bertholf is the first of the Legend Class National Security Cutters, measuring 418-feet long with a crew of 110 personnel. Bertholf is capable of deploying out of hemisphere for up to half a year as part of the U.S. National Fleet alongside U.S. Navy partners, or operating independently in all theatres around the world.