CGC Steadfast History
USCGC STEADFAST (WMEC-623) has served the United States Coast Guard for over 40 years and is one of fourteen medium endurance cutters. Upon commission in 1968, Steadfast was originally home ported in St. Petersburg, Fl where she served Atlantic Area Operations for 24 years prior to her reassignment to Astoria, Or for Pacific Area Operations. USCGC STEADFAST was the first, and is one of only two cutters, that have been awarded the gold marijuana leaf, symbolizing one million pounds of marijuana seized.
Legend holds STEADFAST was named "El Tiburon Blanco" (Spanish for "The White Shark") by Colombian drug smugglers in the 1970's for being such a nemesis to their illegal drug operations. To this day the crew uses the symbol of "El Tiburon Blanco" as one of their logos to epitomize STEADFAST's aggressive law enforcement posture.