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June 2, 2020

54-Year-Old Coast Guard Cutter Seizes 1,090 Lbs of Suspected Cocaine From Smuggling Vessel off Central American Coast

A 54-year-old Coast Guard cutter seized approximately 1,090 pounds of suspected cocaine in mid-May with an estimated value of $18.7 million from a go-fast vessel in international waters of the Pacific Ocean off Central America.

May 29, 2020

JTF Bravo Conducts Large Formation Helicopter Exercise

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to Joint Task Force Bravo conducted a helicopter exercise out of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, May 28, 2020. The exercise involved participation from the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment and the use of 10 U.S. Army CH-47 Chinooks and UH-60 L Blackhawk helicopters.

May 27, 2020

USS Pinckney Interdicts Second Drug Vessel

The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team seized over 2,700 kilograms of suspected cocaine May 16.

May 27, 2020

Coast Guard seizes 3,100 lbs of cocaine from smuggling vessel off Central American coast

The Coast Guard seized more than 3,100 pounds of cocaine in mid-May with an estimated value of $53.5 million from a low-profile go-fast vessel in international waters of the Pacific Ocean off Central America.

May 21, 2020

USS Pinckney Takes Down Drug Vessel, Seizes 70 Bales of Cocaine

The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team seized 1400 kilograms of cocaine, May 14.

May 20, 2020

Coast Guard offloads $37 million of cocaine in San Diego

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active (WMEC-618) offloaded more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine Wednesday seized in early May from known drug-transit zones of the Eastern Pacific Ocean worth approximately $37 million.

May 18, 2020

IAAFA Adapts during COVID-19, Continues International Professional Military Education via Distance Learning

In March 2020, when the nation started shelter-in-place orders due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic, the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, which forges international friendship and security cooperations through education and training, coordinated for all of their international students to return to their home countries. Despite relocations, IAAFA got back up and running with distance learning courses facilitated by videoconferencing software and because of that IAAFA’s Alpha Class of 2020 graduated May 15, 2020 via a virtual graduation ceremony.

May 14, 2020

USS Lassen, Embarked Coast Guard Team Recover Illegal Drugs in Caribbean

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82)  with embarked U.S. Coast Guard  (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team recovered more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana, May 2.  While on routine patrol, approximately 15 miles northeast of Navassa Island an embarked MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72, Combat Element (CEL) 2 located a 35-foot go-fast vessel with three suspected drug smugglers aboard throwing packages overboard.

May 14, 2020

Disrupting Drug Traffickers - USS Tornado Completes Counter Drug Patrol

Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Tornado (PC 14) returned to Mayport, Florida, May 13, following a 68-day counter narcotics patrol in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. Tornado contributed to Joint Interagency Task Force South’s disruption of more than 35,000 kilograms of cocaine and almost 4,000 pounds of marijuana. This led to keeping an estimated wholesale price of 716 million dollars’ worth of drugs off U.S. streets.

May 8, 2020

Task Force Marines Certified for Deployment During Pandemic

U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command certified for a crisis response deployment to the Latin American and Caribbean region April 23.

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