CHARLESTON, SC – USCGC Stone (WMSL 758) returned to its home port in Charleston after a 61-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea and the Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of the US Coast Guard Pacific Area, the US Coast Guard’s Joint Interagency Task Force South, and the Eleventh US Coast Guard District.
Stone’s crew successfully interdicted two suspected drug trafficking vessels, recovering approximately 2,246 pounds of cocaine and 4,870 pounds of marijuana with a combined estimated market value of $ 57.1 million. The cutter crew then transferred 20 suspected drug traffickers to Coast Guard Seventh District and US Drug Enforcement Administration personnel, marking the culmination of a successful joint interagency effort in the eastern Pacific.
The Stone on board observers from Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct joint operations to combat illegal, unreported and unreported fishing. (IUUF) and conduct anti-drug operations off the coast of South America.
An on-board MH-65 helicopter crew from the US Coast Guard’s Tactical Helicopter Ban Squadron was an integral part of anti-drug operations. Interagency partners provided additional aerial surveillance and reconnaissance support throughout the patrol.
During the cutter’s stopover in Manta, Ecuador, Stone’s commanding officer, Captain Clinton Carlson, attended an IUUF international symposium with Arthur Young, the law enforcement officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to share experiences and raise awareness of the regional issue. The Stone crew also participated in a friendly football match with Cuerpo de Guardacostas de la Armada staff from the local Coast Guard station in Manta.
“This is our crew’s first patrol outside of their initial preparation cruise, and I am extremely proud of the dedication and pride they have shown in qualifying for the missions expected of a crew of national security cutter, ”Carlson said. “Over the past few months, everyone on board has shown enthusiasm in the drills we have held each week and proved that through teamwork and a common understanding of the mission we can accomplish even the most difficult jobs. I am honored to lead this impressive crew of men and women of the Coast Guard. “
Tackling drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea requires a unity of effort in all phases, from detection, surveillance and prohibitions to criminal prosecution for such prohibitions by prosecutor’s offices. from the United States of the Middle District of Florida, the Southern District of Florida and the Southern District of California. The law enforcement phase of anti-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is conducted under the authority of the Eleventh Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda. The bans, including the boardings themselves, are directed and conducted by members of the United States Coast Guard.
The Stone is the ninth Legend Class National Security Coast Guard in the Coast Guard Fleet and is currently homeported in Charleston, South Carolina. National security cutters can perform the most difficult national security missions, including supporting commanders of US fighters.
The Charleston-based Legend Class Cutters report to the Atlantic Zone Command of the United States Coast Guard. Based in Portsmouth, Virginia, the US Coast Guard Atlantic Zone oversees all Coast Guard operations east of the Rocky Mountains to the Persian Gulf. In addition to surge operations, they also assign ships to work with partner commands and deploy to the Caribbean and the Eastern Pacific to combat transnational organized crime and illicit maritime activities.
|Date posted:||07/01/2022 18:54|
|Site:||CHARLESTON, South Carolina, United States|
|Hometown:||NORD CHARLESTON, South Carolina, United States|
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