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CGC ACTIVE has received numerous awards in past years for its outstanding service to the nation and the maritime community. 

From November 2009 to February 2011 ACTIVE served the eleventh Coast Guard district and interdicted six "go-fast" vessels off the coasts of Central and South America, seized over nine tons of illegal narcotics worth over $271 million and removed 16 smugglers from the drug trade.  She also discovered $500,000 onboard an Ecuadorian fishing vessel inside propane tanks, which was the first large cash seizure in the Eastern Pacific and was awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation for these efforts. 

On May 02, 2001 ACTIVE seized the Belize flagged fishing vessel SVESDA MARU with 13.2 tons of cocaine, the largest maritime cocaine seizure in history and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award.

ACTIVE received the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation for exceptional meritorious service on 23 and 24 January 2000 in interdicting the Mexican fishing vessel VALERA, resulting in the seizure of 5.5 metric tons of cocaine. 

ACTIVE earned the Special Operations Service Ribbon for actions in a November 1998 counter-drug operation with Canadian authorities resulting in the apprehension of the fishing vessel BLUE DAWN and the seizure of 14 tons of hashish.

In August 1998, ACTIVE participated in a cooperative counter-drug operation with Mexican authorities that resulted in the interdiction of the fishing vessel LADY DOUNIA and the seizure of 2.55 metric tons of cocaine. 

ACTIVE was awarded a Coast Guard Unit Commendation for exceptional meritorious service from 12 to 26 August 1997 for the interdiction of the motor vessel LAPAS No. 3 carrying 60 illegal Chinese migrants. 

ACTIVE was awarded the Special Operations Service Ribbon for the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill cleanup in Prince William Sound, Alaska, participation in the Portland Rose Festival, the Coast Guard Bicentennial celebration at San Francisco Fleet Week in October 1992, and for the 1994 at-sea apprehension of the motor vessel JIN YINN No. 1 carrying 123 illegal Chinese migrants. 

ACTIVE has been awarded fifteen Cutter Achievement Ribbons for “clean sweeps” of all training requirements during Tailored Ships Training Availability.  

ACTIVE has also received three National Defense Service ribbons for services performed during a time of war or conflict. 


The following are unit or team awards authorized to be worn by past and present crew:

The Meritorious Unit Commendation was awarded for exemplary service
from 1987 to 1989
from 23 to 24 January 2000
from 2 to 14 May 2001
from August 2001 to June 2003
from 17 January to 5 March 2004

The Department of Transportation 9-11 ribbon

The Coast Guard "E" ribbon for the Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) for excellence in operational readiness assessments
from 12 June to 30 June 2006
from 9 March to 23 March 2009

The Coast Guard Unit Commendation for outstanding service was awarded for these periods:
from 1989 to 1991
from 12 to 26 August 1997
The Special Operations Service Ribbon:
from 10 to 13 October 1992
from November 1998
from May 2005

The Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation went to
The Main Propulsion Division for service between 24 February and 3 May 2000
The Dry Dock Inspector Team from 7 July to 17 September 2004
The Dry Dock Structural Preservation Team from 7 July to 17 September 2004

If you have any questions on award entitlements, please contact the ship yeoman.

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