US Coast Guard assists in $194 million cocaine seizure

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard assists in $194 million cocaine seizure A U.S. Coast guard vessel seized around 5,800 kilograms of cocaine worth more than $193,939,000 in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on March 2.The action, directed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations agents, lead to the arrest of four drug traffickers.The crew aboard a P-3 Long Range Tracker detected a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel March 2, while conducting counter-narcotics operations with Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) South.The task force coordinated an interdiction of the semi-submersible with a U.S. Coast Guard vessel in the area while the AMO crew maintained constant visual surveillance. Upon interdiction, the U.S. Coast Guard arrested four individuals operating the vessel. The semi-submersible became unstable and sank.In 2015, AMO’s aircrews contributed to 198 seizure, disruption, or interdiction events in the transit zone, resulting in the interdiction of 213,000 pounds (913,081 kg) of cocaine.Overall coordination of counter-drug patrols and surveillance in the Eastern Pacific is done by a joint interagency task force headquartered in Key West, Fla. U.S. maritime law enforcement and the interdiction phase of operations in the region occur under the tactical control of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered in Alameda, California. View post tag: US Coast Guard March 25, 2016 Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Cocaine US Coast Guard assists in $194 million cocaine seizure Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Billings entering service in Florida

first_img View post tag: Freedom-variant Freedom-variant LCS Billings entering service in Florida Share this article View post tag: Lockheed Martin Back to overview,Home naval-today Freedom-variant LCS Billings entering service in Florida navaltoday View post tag: LCScenter_img View post tag: USS Billings August 1, 2019, by View post tag: US Navy The Fincantieri Marinette Marine-built Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Billings (LCS 15) is scheduled to enter US Navy service during an August 3 ceremony in Key West, Florida.The ship is named in honor of Billings, the largest city in Montana, as well as the people and military veterans of the state. The future USS Billings will be the first ship of its name in naval service.Future USS Billings enters service after completing trials in December 2018 and delivery to the navy in February 2019.Billings is the 17th littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the navy and the eighth of the Freedom variant to join the fleet.The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom-variant team is led by Lockheed Martin, Marinette, Wisconsin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).“The future USS Billings and her crew will play an important role in the defense of our nation and maritime freedom,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, who is also performing the duties of Deputy Secretary of Defense. Authoritieslast_img read more