Admiral Gorshkov Task Group in Caribbean

June 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – The medium sea tanker Kama and the logistics ship Elbrus from the detachment of the Northern Fleet ships performing missions in the far ocean zone successfully completed the passage of the Panama Canal and met with the frigate Admiral of the Soviet Union Gorshkov. The rescue tug “Nikolay Chiker” completes the passage of the channel and in a few hours will join the squad. In the Caribbean, the detachment of the Northern Fleet is divided. Some ships will go east to the islands of…

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Future USS Michael Monsoor Makes Panama Canal Transit

December 10, 2018 – Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) made its way through the Panama Canal for the first time in her history, successfully navigating the 50-mile long waterway Nov. 28. “For many Sailors, this was their first transit of these waters, but Panama has seen every new class of warship that the United States has built and have been witness to our transition from sail to steam to silence – represented by Michael Monsoor’s electric propulsion plant,” said Capt. Scott Smith, Michael Monsoor’s commanding officer. “It was…

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HMS Montrose Transited Panama Canal Enroute to Chile

November 11, 2018 – Warship HMS Montrose navigated the narrow locks and lakes of the Panama Canal to get to the Pacific Ocean and start the next phase of her deployment. The Type 23 frigate spent seven hours crossing the waterways which join the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, saving the ship a 3,000-mile journey around Cape Horn in South America. It was a busy day for the navigation and seamanship teams which started at the entrance of the canal, the port of Colón, and continued into the series of…

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USNS Comfort Reaches Mid-Deployment in Panama

November 14, 2018 – Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T- AH 20) transited the Panama Canal, Nov. 11, following a two-day port visit in Panama City. Comfort is headed north to Turbo, Colombia, for the third of its five mission stops. Having completed mission stops in Esmeraldas, Ecuador and Paita, Peru, the crew has already treated 10,224 patients with general medical, dental and optometry needs as part of the U.S. Southern Command’s 2018 Enduring Promise initiative. “Comfort’s visit to Panama City was multi-purposed,” said Command Senior Chief Cory Anglin, senior enlisted…

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USNS Grasp Welcomed in MSC Pacific

October 25, 2018 – Military Sealift Command Pacific welcomed the newest ship to the Pacific area of operations, rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) Grasp arrived in San Diego, Calif., on Tuesday, following an 18-day trip from its former home in Little Creek, Va. The trip included passage through the Panama Canal and dodging two hurricanes, including Hurricane Michael, the same hurricane that devastated portions of Florida. “Bringing Grasp from the East Coast to the West Coast was a great experience for me,” said Capt. Harry Sprague, Grasp’s…

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ARC Gloria Visits Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary

October 24, 2018 (Google Translation) – During the celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2018, the ARC ship “Gloria” has traveled more than 20,500 nautical miles in 18 ports of 11 countries, after having completed two arduous cadet training cruises and participated in “Velas Latinoamérica 2018”. This time the turn was for 68 children who are preparing to visit for the first time the Wildlife and Flora Sanctuary “Malpelo”, as it passes through the Colombian Pacific. The flagship ship sailed on October 15 from the Golden Gate of Colombia (Barranquilla)…

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PANAMAX 2018 Concludes in Mayport

August 13, 2018 – PANAMAX 2018 concluded at U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT), Aug. 10. Since its inception in 2003, PANAMAX has become the one of the largest coalition Command Post exercises in the world. The exercise is focused on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal, one of the most strategically and economically crucial pieces of global infrastructure. USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT hosted 314 U.S. and partner nation personnel comprising the Combined Maritime Component Command (CFMCC) during the command post exercise. “We build partnerships, we build friendships, and we…

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Future USS Portland transits the Panama Canal

The future USS Portland (LPD 27) made its way through the Panama Canal Jan. 9 for the first time in the ship’s history. The 50-mile journey took the amphibious dock landing ship 11 hours to complete. The canal serves as passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and saves ships the 8,000-mile journey around South America. The Panama Canal is made up of 12 locks, six of which are used by transiting ships. The flood and drain system allows ships to be raised over mountainous terrain over 85 feet when…

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USCGC Escanaba Returns to Boston After Pacific Drug Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba “The Pride of Boston” returned to their homeport in Boston Thursday following a 64-day Eastern Pacific patrol that resulted in the seizure of 6.7 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $202 million in wholesale value. The 6.7 tons of cocaine offloaded represents the interdiction of five separate suspected drug smuggling vessels, including a rare self propelled semi-submersible vessel (SPSS). Each of the interdictions took place in the drug transit zones off the coast of Central and South America. During Escanaba’s at-sea interdictions, suspected vessels were initially…

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Panama Canal Sets Record Annual Cargo Tonnage in Fiscal Year 2017

Following the close of its 2017 fiscal year (FY17), the Panama Canal announced that the waterway welcomed a record 403.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) of cargo in FY17, the largest amount of annual tonnage ever transited in its 103-year history. The 22.2 percent increase from the previous year can be directly attributed to the added capacity provided by the Expanded Canal. According to figures, the Panama Canal transited a total of 13,548 vessels during its FY17, representing a 3.3 percent increase compared to totals the year before. Thanks to…

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Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Returns to Boston $92 Million in Cocaine

March 13, 2017 – Coast Guard Cutter Spencer is scheduled to return to their homeport in Boston, Monday after a 74-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their patrol, the crew interdicted four drug-laden vessels, resulting in the seizure of approximately 1,400 kilograms (3,080 lbs.) of cocaine worth more than $92 million. They also apprehended 13 suspected smugglers with the help of their deployed helicopter crew. The Spencer collaborated with the Costa Rican Coast Guard in the seizure of another fishing vessel smuggling about 2,900 lbs. of marijuana. “I could…

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