Both vessels were damaged. The incident is under investigation.
Cutters and Patrol Boats
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.
The drugs were apprehended during 18 separate interdictions over a two-month period, officials with the Coast Guard said.
Three Mexican naval officers joined the crew for the patrol to exchange lessons learned and to build cohesion.
The Coast Guard kept a cutter deployed in the western Pacific since January.
Coast Guard's New Plan for Next-Gen Cutter Contracts Will Prevent Delays, Commandant Says
The company that originally won the bid suffered serious infrastructure damage in Hurricane Michael in 2018.