CHARLESTON, SC – The crew of the Legend Class National Security Coast Guard USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) returned home Nov. 24 to Charleston after conducting a 72-day patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, Coast Guard 7th District announced in a statement.
The crew unloaded 26,250 pounds (11,907 kilograms) of cocaine and 3,700 pounds of marijuana worth $ 504 million on Monday at Port Everglades.
Hamilton’s crew banned five ships loaded with drugs while they patrolled the eastern Pacific Ocean. Hamilton’s law enforcement team arrested all 14 suspects, arrested 199 Haitian migrants and rescued two people.
The Hamilton crew, along with an aviation detachment from the Coast Guard Helicopter Ban Tactical Squadron, began deployment in early September in preparation for a narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
With the changes in the Haitian political climate, the Hamilton crew switched to extraterrestrial migration ban operations in the Windward Pass. Hamilton’s crew focused on dangerous sea migration voyages, then banned 199 Haitian migrants. They also managed the tactical control of seven US Coast Guards, which reduced Haitian migration by 93% without any loss of life.
“We are delighted to be back in the lowlands in time for the holidays. Over the past 72 days, we have moved from deterring illegal migration off the coast of Haiti to combating drug trafficking organizations in the Eastern Pacific, ”said Captain Matthew Brown, Commander Hamilton. “Each day brought new challenges but also new opportunities for this team to come together and solve complex problems. The product of their hard work has been the successful deterrence of dangerous migrant companies from Haiti’s claw and the seizure of nearly 12 tonnes of illegal drugs destined for North America.
Hamilton is one of three 418-foot National Security Cutters homeported in Charleston under US Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command with two more scheduled by 2025. With its strong command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and military equipment. Thankfully, they are the most technologically advanced ship in the US Coast Guard fleet. These aircrews work regularly in cooperation with the US Coast Guard Pacific Zone, District Commanders and Combatant Commands.
NSCs are a globally deployable asset that supports the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and national goals through the Drug Ban, Migrant Ban, National Defense, SAR, l national fisheries enforcement and intelligence gathering.
The US Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Command, based in Portsmouth, Va., Oversees all US Coast Guard operations east of the Rocky Mountains to the Persian Gulf. In addition, they allocate ships to be deployed in the Caribbean and the Eastern Pacific to combat transnational organized crime and illicit maritime activities.