USS Freedom returns from final deployment

April 12, 2021 – The inaugural littoral combat ship returned from a U.S. Fourth Fleet deployment, April 12. Littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) was deployed to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which includes counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. “The success of this deployment is a testament to the hard work and…

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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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USCGC Bertholf Offloads Narcotics in San Diego

March 10, 2021 – Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750) offloaded approximately 7,500 pounds of seized cocaine and marijuana in San Diego, Wednesday. The drugs, worth an estimated $126.7 million, were seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean between January and February, representing 10 suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by…

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USS Freedom Completes Trilateral Exercise With El Salvador, Guatemala

January 22, 2021 – USS Freedom (LCS 1) executed a passing exercise (PASSEX) with its naval counterparts from El Salvador and Guatemala, January 21st. PASSEXs are a series of advanced close proximity maneuvering exercises designed to improve interoperability and advance the partner nation’s ability to communicate, navigate and operate together at sea. “This tri-lateral PASSEX, strengthens our tactical readiness and…

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SWATT creates combat ready warships, battle-minded crews

April 20, 2020 – Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) led U.S. Navy warships through Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise, March 30 through April 17, in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Units included in the training were the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), amphibious transport docks ships USS Somerset (LPD 25) and USS San…

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