U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Seize USD 107 Million Worth of Cocaine

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: americas Working with the Colombian Navy and Air Force, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard forces aboard USS Ingraham (FFG 61) captured a semi-submersible vessel packed with $107 million worth of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific in May. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Cocaine Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Seize USD 107 Million Worth of Cocaine June 12, 2014 The seizure of such a vessel – classified as a Self-Propelled Semi-Submersible – is a significant feat for U.S. and multinational forces that conduct year-round counter illicit trafficking operations in the waters off Latin America and the Caribbean.When the semi-submersible was tracked by Ingraham and visually located by its SH-60B Seahawk helicopter and rigid-hulled inflatable boat, the suspected traffickers punctured their hull in an attempt to scuttle the craft.A U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment from Ingraham boarded the semi-submersible, detained the crew and gained control of the sinking vessel. Ingraham then quickly arrived on the scene and brought the semi-submersible alongside the ship. As the Colombian navy worked to tow the vessel into port, Sailors from Ingraham worked to pump water out of the slowly sinking semi-submersible and kept the vessel afloat long enough to retrieve the contraband loaded inside.The Coast Guard said the semi-submersible was transporting about 2,380 kilograms of cocaine worth $107 million. Three suspects who crewed the semi-submersible were taken into custody.The semi-submersible and cocaine seizure was part of Operation Martillo, a multinational effort targeting illicit traffickers and the movement of narcotics, precursor chemicals, bulk cash, and weapons in Central American waters.Units involved from Ingraham include Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment. Ingraham is homeported in Everett, Washington.[mappress]Press Release, June 12, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: worth View post tag: U.S. Navy View post tag: USD U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Seize USD 107 Million Worth of Cocaine View post tag: million View post tag: $107 View post tag: Coast Guard View post tag: USS Ingraham View post tag: Seize View post tag: Martillolast_img read more

Australian, Chinese Navy ships maneuver in South China Sea

first_img View post tag: Chinese PLA Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian, Chinese Navy frigates maneuver in South China Sea April 19, 2017 Authorities Australian, Chinese Navy frigates maneuver in South China Sea Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat took part in exercises with People’s Liberation Army – Navy Type 054A frigate Huangshan after concluding a visit to Zhanjiang port.Conducted in the South China Sea, the activities included surface target firing, a search and rescue exercise, communication exercises and a formation activity with aerial photography.Australia’s Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said the frigates’ activities show the valued working relationship between the two navies.“This exercise and other Australian Defence Force activities with China continue to enhance our mutual understanding and build trust between our two nations,” Vice Admiral Johnston said.“We will continue to seek out further opportunities for maritime engagement with the PLA-N in supporting our shared objectives for regional stability.”Ballarat is currently on a South East Asian deployment with further bilateral exercises planned with regional nations and the multilateral exercise Bersama Shield, a Five Power Defence Arrangements activity between Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. View post tag: HMAS Ballarat View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more