Coast Guard, Colombian navy conduct joint-agency engagement

MIAMI – The Coast Guard and the Colombian navy participated in a Joint Interagency Task Force-South engagement while in support of Operation Martillo, Wednesday and Thursday.

Coast Guard Cutters Forward (WMEC-911), William Flores (WPC-1103) and Isaac Mayo (WPC-1112) crews, partnering with the Colombian navy, participated in a regional engagement event in Cartagena, Colombia. Transnational criminal organizations employ various methods and techniques to illegally traffic drugs, weapons, people and money. Future operations, best practices, and how the Coast Guard and Colombian navy can further enhance partnerships when countering illicit activity in the region were discussed.

“This engagement underscores the strong partnership and unity of effort required to disrupt transnational organized crime, as well as the enhanced capability of our fast response cutters as they collaborate with partners to enforce laws in the maritime domain,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Neiman, Coast Guard 7th District public affairs officer. “The primary goal of this engagement was to sustain and improve common understanding, exercise communication, and increase awareness between the bilateral partners.”

The Coast Guard Cutter Forward is a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia, the Cutter William Flores is a 154-Sentinel Class cutter homeported in Miami, and the Cutter Isaac Mayo is a 154-foot Sentinel Class cutter homeported in Key West, Florida.

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