The cutter Alder began clearing the channels Tuesday for the upcoming shipping season.
Cutters and Patrol Boats
The Coast Guard took delivery of the new cutter this month in Key West, Florida.
Two busts in the Caribbean late last month seized a total of $46.2 million in cocaine, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The court-martial is expected to take place in 2020.
The drugs seized are valued at $165 million.
Both vessels were damaged. The incident is under investigation.
Alex Obrizok, 96, decided to return the flag after meeting a women who recently served on the USS Tampa.
2019 marks the 20th anniversary of modern "Christmas Tree Ship."
Video shows the crew of the Cutter Harriet Lane removing 5,000 pounds of cocaine from the semi-submersible vessel.
Two Sentinel-class fast response cutters will be named for Coast Guard veterans who lost their lives as first responders.