U.S. and Ecuador Strengthen Ties on Land and at Sea

Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and the Ecuadorian Coast Guard conducted a bilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Manta, Ecuador, March 21, 2022. During the exercise, forces worked together to find, track and intercept a simulated drug smuggling vessel, to ultimately gain positive control of the craft. Milwaukee deployed her 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB)…

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