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July 10, 2020

Trump Visits Southern Command for Briefing on Campaign Against Drug Traffickers

President Donald J. Trump travelled to Florida this morning for a briefing on what he said has been a successful operation to cut the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper accompanied the president to U.S. Southern Command headquarters, where Trump was briefed on the campaign against drug traffickers. The whole-of-government and international operation against international drug cartels involves 16 federal agencies and 20 international partners.

June 26, 2020

U.S. Marine task force holds opening ceremony for crisis response deployment

U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command held an opening ceremony to officially kick off the start of their crisis response deployment at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 26. The ceremony marks the sixth consecutive year the SPMAGTF-SC will serve as the crisis response force assigned to U.S. Southern Command. The task force is prepared and postured to deploy to the Latin American and the Caribbean region to work alongside partner nation militaries, enhancing combined crisis response efforts...

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.

Feb. 6, 2020

Coast Guard, UK Royal Navy, U.S. Law Enforcement Seize Cocaine in the Caribbean Sea

The Coast Guard, United Kingdom Royal Navy and U.S. law enforcement partners seized 1,400 kilograms (3,086) pounds of cocaine and detained nine suspected smugglers following the interdiction of two separate drug smuggling events in the Caribbean Sea Jan. 24 and Jan. 30, 2020. The seized drug shipments are estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $46.2 million.

Feb. 4, 2020

USS Detroit Returns for Maiden Mid-Deployment Scheduled Maintenance

In order to swap out crews, USS Detroit (LCS 7) with embarked Gold crew, returned to her Mayport, Florida homeport Feb. 2. The scheduled, pierside pause comes in the midst of the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship’s maiden deployment. While inport, the Gold crew will rotate off following turnover with the Blue crew. The visit will also include a short maintenance period.

Nov. 14, 2019

Comfort Strengthens Partnership with Haiti Following Successful Medical Mission

The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Port-au-Prince, Haiti, following the completion of the ship’s twelfth and final medical mission in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, Nov. 11.

Oct. 28, 2019

Comfort Arrives in Jamaica to Provide Medical Assistance

The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Kingston, Jamaica, for its eleventh medical mission stop in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, Oct. 25.

Oct. 24, 2019

Comfort Strengthens Partnership with Dominican Republic Following Successful Medical Mission

The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) held its closing ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, symbolizing the completion of the hospital ship’s tenth medical mission in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, Oct. 21.

Oct. 17, 2019

Comfort Arrives in Dominican Republic to Provide Medical Assistance

The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for its tenth medical mission stop in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, Oct. 14. While in Santo Domingo, U.S. service members and medical professionals will work alongside partner and host nation staff to provide much-needed medical assistance in communities with urgent health care needs and demonstrate the commitment to strengthen regional medical capacity.

Oct. 13, 2019

Comfort Strengthens Partnership with St. Kitts and Nevis Following Successful Medical Mission

The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed St. Kitts and Nevis following the completion of the ship’s ninth medical mission in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, Oct. 12.

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