US Coast Guard Repatriates 87 Illegal Immigrants

October 8, 2019 – The Coast Guard Cutters Joseph Tezanos (WPC-1118) and Heriberto Hernandez (WPC-1114) repatriated 82 Dominican migrants and 5 Haitians to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Monday, following the interdiction of five illegal migrant voyages in the Mona Passage. Eight other Dominican migrants remain in Puerto Rico to face possible federal prosecution on charges of violating 8 USC 1326, for attempting to illegally reenter the United States, which carries a potential maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000. The interdictions were…

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USNS Comfort Departs Norfolk for Medical Mission

June 14, 2019 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Norfolk, June 14, to begin her deployment to South America, Central America and the Caribbean. During its deployment, Comfort will provide medical assistance in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of the Venezuela political and economic crisis. “We are embarking on a five-month deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility to embark on a humanitarian assistance mission,” said Capt. B.J. Diebold, Comfort’s mission commander. “Our mission will consist of multinational personnel from across our…

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Exchanging best practices on ship boarding procedures during TRADEWINDS 19

Maritime Tactical Operators from the Royal Canadian Navy are working with specialists from the United States Coast Guard in delivering training activities to partner navies from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, and Haiti. They are exchanging best practices on ship boarding procedures during the first phase of Exercise TRADEWINDS 19 at Las Calderas Naval Station in the Dominican Republic from May 30 to June 8, 2019. “We are training with our Caribbean allies and the United States Coast Guard to hone our collective ability to operate in a complex security…

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Hospital Ship to Depart Norfolk for Medical Mission

June 10, 2019 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) deploys from Naval Station Norfolk on Friday, June 14 at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During its five-month deployment, Comfort will provide medical assistance in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of the Venezuela political and economic crisis. While deployed, Comfort will conduct mission stops in Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago. U.S. military medical personnel aboard the Comfort will work alongside a…

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PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark sets sail for “Harmonious Mission 2018”

The PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark (Hull 866) set sail from its homeport in Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Thursday morning to embark on the voyage of “Harmonious Mission 2018”. It is the Peace Ark’s 7th “Harmonious Mission”, which will bring the ship to more than ten countries, including Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Columbia, Venezuela, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic and Ecuador, to provide humanitarian medical services. Upon invitation of the Chilean Navy, the Chinese naval hospital ship will also have a stop…

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