Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Marks 500th Drug Interdiction

Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Marks 500th Drug Interdiction
The aircrew of the Florida-based Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron stands on a cutter flight deck with one of the unit’s 10 MH-65D Dolphin helicopters after the 500th recorded drug bust in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, which took place March 11, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Washington – The Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) – which includes...

Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returns home following $90 million cocaine interdiction

Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returns home following $90 million cocaine interdiction
The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma and Jacksonville, Florida’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron stand for a group photo on the flight deck of the cutter on Dec. 27, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) BOSTON — Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returned to homeport Friday after a 49-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Homeported in Kittery, Maine, Tahoma’s crew...

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk Returns from Counter-Drug Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk Returns from Counter-Drug Patrol
KEY WEST, Florida – The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk has returned to its homeport of Key West, Florida following a 62-day patrol in the Pacific Ocean.  Mohawk’s crew partnered with units from multiple U.S. agencies and allied nations to conduct Counter Drug Operations in support of the Eleventh Coast Guard District and the Key West-based Joint Interagency Task Force South.  During the patrol, Mohawk...

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew returns to homeport from 63-day patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew returns to homeport from 63-day patrol
Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Farrell kisses his wife during the unit’s return to homeport in Naval Station Mayport, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned to homeport at Naval Station Mayport, Thursday, after a 63-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their nine-week, counter-drug...

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns home to St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns home to St. Petersburg, Fla.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy G. Bakels greets his family after returning to home port in St. Petersburg, Fla., Friday, July 3, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returned to their homeport in St. Petersburg, Friday, following a 51-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea conducting counter illicit...

Coast Guard Cutter Midgett returning to Seattle after seizing nearly six tons of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Midgett returning to Seattle after seizing nearly six tons of cocaine
The deck of Coast Guard Midgett lined with stacks of interdicted contraband including 1,232 pounds of cocaine and 110 pounds of marijuana  (Coast Guard photo by Cmdr. Benjamin Berg) SEATTLE – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett will return to Pier 36 in Seattle Thursday at 10 a.m. following a 71-day counter-drug deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America. During...

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloads approximately $13.7 million of seized contraband

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloads approximately $13.7 million of seized contraband
Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offload bales of seized marijuana at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, June 12. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloaded 328 kilograms of cocaine and 3,100 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated wholesale value of $13.7 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach,...

Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma seizes $16 million dollar cocaine shipment off Puerto Rico

Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma seizes $16 million dollar cocaine shipment off Puerto Rico
The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma seized approximately 1,100 pounds of cocaine and apprehended three Dominican smugglers March 18, 2015, off the coast of Guayama, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard transferred custody of three Dominican smugglers and approximately 1,100 pounds of cocaine to the Drug Enforcement Administration Tuesday, following an at-sea interdiction...

Senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Coast Guard HITRON

Senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Coast Guard HITRON
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Crewmembers of Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville hosted Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during his visit to HITRON Wednesday. During the visit, Battaglia was given a tour of the facilities, including two of the assets used at the unit. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan...