Eventful Drug Patrol for USS Freedom

April 8, 2021 – The joint U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy team seized over 1,500 kilograms of cocaine while operating in U.S. Third Fleet waters, April 7. Littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), with embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 107, conducted the seizure off the coast of Mexico in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South‘s counter-illicit…

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USS Sioux City Deploys for Drug Patrol

April 2, 2021 – The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11), along with the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, detachment 3, is underway to support operations in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. Sioux City will support counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. Sioux City’s operations will involve practical exercises…

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USS Gabrielle Giffords Interdicts $7 Million in Drugs

December 10, 2020 – USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) seized 200 kilograms of suspected cocaine, December 2. While on routine patrol Gabrielle Giffords was diverted to intercept a go fast vessel (GFV). Gabrielle Giffords deployed one of her helicopters, assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23,…

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USS Pinckney Interdicts $4.5 Million in Cocaine

August 11, 2020 – USS Pinckney (DDG 91) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team seized over 120 kilograms of suspected cocaine July 24. The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team seized over 120 kilograms of suspected cocaine July 24. While on routine patrol,…

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Second Drug Bust for USS Pinckney

May 27, 2020 – USS Pinckney (DDG 91) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team seized over 2,700 kilograms of suspected cocaine May 16. After a U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), assigned to the “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron VP 26, first spotted the low profile vessel (LPV), Pinckney was vectored for a long range intercept.…

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USCG LEDET from USS Lassen Recover Drugs in Caribbean

May 14, 2020 – USS Lassen (DDG 82) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team recovered more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana, May 2. While on routine patrol, approximately 15 miles northeast of Navassa Island an embarked MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72, Combat Element (CEL) 2…

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