Vessel: Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, WMEC 623
Length: 210 feet and 6 inches
Beam: 34 feet
Navigational draft: 18 feet
Displacement: 1,127 tons
Speed, maximum sustained: 18 knots
Stopping distance from 18 knots: 220 yards, 44 seconds
Shaft horsepower: 5,000 horsepower
Diesel: 50,913 gallons
JP-5 (Aviation Fuel): 4,929 gallons
Water: 11,694 gal
Main propulsion: Twin Screw, Controllable Pitch Propeller
Engines: 2 ALCO 16 Cylinder Turbocharged Diesel
Propellers: 2 four blade controllable pitch. 7’6” diameter
Armament: One mounted 25mm gun and two .50 caliber machine guns
Aircraft capability: HH-65A Dolphin helicopter
Commissioned officers — 11
Commissioned warrant officers — 1
Chief Petty officers — 6
Enlisted — 59
Total on board — 77
The Steadfast has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for over five decades. Steadfast was homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida for her first 24 years of service starting in 1968. The Steadfast was decommissioned in 1992 for major maintenance availability to extend its service another 25 years. In February 1994, Steadfast was recommissioned and homeported in Astoria.
• Throughout its career, the Steadfast has completed over 340 search and rescue cases, interdicted more than 1.6 million pounds of marijuana and 169,000 pounds of cocaine, seized over 90 vessels, and stopped more than 3,500 undocumented migrants from entering the U.S.
• Steadfast was the first, and is one of two cutters, awarded the gold marijuana leaf for having seized one million pounds of marijuana.
• Caribbean drug smugglers in the 1970’s named the Steadfast “El Tiburon Blanco” (Spanish for “The White Shark”) because it intercepted their drug operations. The crew continues to use the symbol of “El Tiburon Blanco” as one of their logos.
• Steadfast is a multi-mission platform and is under the operational command of the Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander.
• Steadfast works in Coast Guard districts 11 and 13 as well as Joint Inter-Agency Task Force South (JIATF-S).
• The Steadfast patrols along the western seaboard of the U.S., Mexico and North and Central America conducting search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, living marine resource protection and homeland defense operations.
• Over its 52 years, the ship has been awarded the Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbons for Campaign Caper Focus and for Operation Martillo, eight Coast Guard Excellence Ribbons, five Coast Guard Unit Commendation Awards, and four Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations. In July 2019, Steadfast broke the record for the most cocaine seized during a single deployment for cutters of its class and size.