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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba’s crew offload more than 7,700 pounds of cocaine worth over $102 million at Port Everglades, Florida, Nov. 15, 2023. The offloaded drugs were interdicted during four separate cases in the international waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean by the crews of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, Escanaba, a U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron aircrew, a Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team, and federal and international partners. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Coast Guard’s Eighth District)
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba returns home to Portsmouth, Virginia, after interdicting $102 million worth of illegal narcotics
By U.S. Coast Guard | Nov. 21, 2023
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba returned home to Portsmouth, Monday, following a 51-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Escanaba’s crew disrupted illegal narcotics smuggling, interdicting 3,520 kilograms of cocaine valued at more than $102 million.


CALLAO, Peru (Nov. 16, 2023) – Partner nation junior officers work through a maritime planning scenario at the first-ever U.S. 4th Fleet Maritime Planning Symposium at the Peruvian Naval War College in Callao, Nov. 16, 2023. 25 junior officers from eight partner nations completed the seminar, which was supported by professors from the College of Operational Warfare – International Maritime Staff Officer Course at the U.S. Naval War College and U.S. 4th Fleet maritime planners. This and future seminars seek to increase proficiency and improve interoperability early in partner nation naval officers’ careers. (Peruvian Navy courtesy photo/Released)
U.S. 4th Fleet Conducts Inaugural Maritime Planning Symposium
By U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet | Nov. 20, 2023
CALLAO, Peru - Twenty-five naval officers from eight partner nations recently completed the first-ever U.S. 4th Fleet Maritime Planning Symposium at the Peruvian Naval War College (Escuela Superior de Guerra Naval) in Callao, Peru.

Brazilian Army soldiers stand in front of distinguished visitors during the closing ceremony for Exercise Southern Vanguard 24 in Oiapoque, Brazil, on Nov. 16, 2023. Exercise Southern Vanguard 24 is designed for U.S. Army soldiers to conduct pre-deployment activities, deploy, and conduct air assault operations while enhancing interoperability with Brazilian Army forces. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Joseph Liggio)
U.S., Brazilian armies complete Southern Vanguard exercise in Brazil
By Staff Sgt. ShaTyra Reed-Cox, U.S. Army South | Nov. 20, 2023
As the final salute echoed through the air, the closing ceremony of Southern Vanguard 24 signified a

U.S. Army Maj. Aaron Spence, an international technology integrator assigned to Army South, demonstrates the radio interoperability capability- universal (RIC-U) to a group of Brazilian soldiers at Southern Vanguard 24 in Macapa, Brazil, Nov. 07, 2023. Southern Vanguard 24 is an annual bilateral exercise designed to enhance partner interoperability between participating U.S., and Brazil.
Soldiers bridge the communications gap at Southern Vanguard 24
By Staff Sgt. ShaTyra Reed-Cox | Nov. 13, 2023
In support of the Army’s priority of engineering support to readiness, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command developed the radio interoperability capability – universal, or RIC-U, voice bridge. The RIC-U allows direct communications between U.S. Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System and partner nations’ ground tactical radios.

Sgt. 1st Class Ronnie Lewellen, an advisor assigned to the 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade, conducts jungle movement and transportation methods during the academics portion of Southern Vanguard 24 in Belem, Brazil, Nov. 3, 2023. During jungle familiarization, Lewellen reconnected with one of his trainees from basic combat training.
ARSOUTH Soldier and Drill Sergeant reunited at Southern Vanguard 24
By Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pietrantoni | Nov. 13, 2023
Soldiers that graduate from Army basic combat training typically don’t want to see their drill sergeants after going through a rigorous 10-week training, but that wasn’t the case for Spc. Joshua Taeckens, who bumped into his old drill sergeant Sgt. 1st Class Ronnie Lewellen in the middle of the Amazonia River in Brazil.
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