Coast Guard Cutter Thetis Returns to Key West From Africa

May 23, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) returned to their homeport in Key West, Florida, Thursday after a three-month U.S. Africa Command patrol. The Thetis crew concluded their patrol, in which they conducted multiple joint law enforcement exercises and operations with West African countries with U.S. Africa Command and U.S. 6th Fleet to maintain and strengthen international partnerships, and maritime security. “By conducting joint maritime law enforcement operations, we were able to establish best practices providing the West African navies and coast guards with the tools to enforce…

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USCG Conducts Joint Law Enforcement Operations with African Partners in Gulf of Guinea

May 10, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard, Nigerian Navy, and Cabo Verdean Coast Guard conducted joint maritime law enforcement operations as part of Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) 2019 in the Gulf of Guinea, April 9-May 2, 2019. AMPLEP is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet-facilitated initiative that aims to enhance the maritime enforcement capabilities of African partners in order to improve management and security of the maritime domain. A safe and secure maritime environment is necessary for local economies to flourish and is essential to the…

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Coast Guard Cutter Thetis Rescues Sea Turtles in Gulf of Guinea

March 27, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC 910) rescued two loggerhead sea turtles in the Gulf of Guinea while conducting routine training in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, March 23, 2019. A Coast Guarsdman standing watch spotted the sea turtles tangled in a commercial fishing net. The officer of the deck instructed crew members to deploy a small boat crew to safely cut the distressed turtles free of the net. “I was able to work with my fellow crew members to help save not one but…

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Thetis Returns to Key West After Illegal Immigrant Patrol

December 19, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) returned Wednesday to Key West after a 90-day patrol in support of Operations Southeast Watch and Unified Resolve in the Caribbean Sea in support of alien migrant interdiction operations. The Thetis crew, along with other Coast Guard units, worked alongside the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA) to interdict and repatriate 219 migrants from the Dominican Republic and Haiti attempting to illegally enter the United States. While off the coast of Haiti, the cutter crew rescued six Jamaicans who…

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seizes Nearly 7 Tons of Cocaine and Rescues Ocean Wildlife

The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returned to homeport in Key West Sunday following a 68-day Eastern Pacific counter drug patrol. The cutter Thetis crew worked alongside the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, an aviation detachment from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron and a Royal Canadian Navy maritime coastal defense vessel in support of Operation Martillo seizing 6,755 kilograms of cocaine and 14 pounds of marijuana during eight separate interdictions that resulted in the apprehension of 24 suspected smugglers. While on patrol Nov. 19, the cutter launched its Over the Horizon…

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Coast Guard offloads more than 12 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba offloaded approximately 12.4 tons of cocaine Thursday in Port Everglades. The drugs, worth an estimated $378-million, were interdicted in international waters off the Eastern Pacific Ocean between mid-October and late November. The contraband is from suspected smuggling vessels interdicted in drug-transit zones off the coast of Central and South America by three U.S. Coast Guard cutters and a Royal Canadian Navy ship patrolling with an embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team. The bulk offload represents: Five interdictions by the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, approximately…

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