Coast Guard Cutter Valiant to return from Caribbean Patrol on Sunday

Southeastern Coast Guard News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant is scheduled to return to homeport Sunday after completing a five-week deployment in the Caribbean Sea.

The 80-member crew aboard the 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter conducted missions in support of Joint Inter-Agency Task Force-South.

During the patrol, the crew stopped a go-fast vessel suspected of carrying 300 kilograms of cocaine with a wholesale value of $9.9 million as a part of Operation Martillo.

A helicopter crew embarked aboard the Cutter Valiant from Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, based in Jacksonville, Fla., worked with the U.S. Navy and other international partners and spotted the go-fast vessel with two crewmembers aboard and suspicious cargo on deck. The helicopter crew stopped the vessel, allowing the Valiant law enforcement team to climb aboard and take control of the vessel and the two suspected smugglers. The individuals were then transferred to other federal law enforcement officials for further prosecution.

Operation Martillo is a joint, interagency, international operation with the goal of denying transnational criminal organizations air, land, and maritime use of Central American transshipment routes for illicit drugs, weapons and cash. The operation, led by JIATF-South, is focused on sharing information and fusing assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Law Enforcement agencies, the Department of Homeland Security along with European and other Western Hemisphere partner nations to counter this threat to U.S., and regional, security and stability.

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