Recap of the 36th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard

Posted on October 06, 2016

The 36th Annual Salute to the Coast Guard was held on October 6, 2016 in New York City, to honor Coast Guard heroics from around the country. The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf received the Foundation’s National Award for Heroism with 12 members of the Bertholf representing the crew who were honored for their work interdicting 19 drug-smuggling vessels in some of the most prolific and inherently dangerous counter-drug pursuits in Coast Guard history.

From May 2015 to April 2016, the Bertholf and her detachments completed two deployments to the Eastern Pacific totaling 213 days away from homeport. During these deployments, the team detained 58 suspected narco-traffickers and prevented over 50,700 lbs of narcotics - with a street value of over $806 million - from reaching the United States.