Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk returns after 90-day Eastern Pacific patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk returns after 90-day Eastern Pacific patrol
The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) patrols the the Eastern Pacific Ocean, Thursday, May 16, 2019.   (Coast Guard Photo) KEY WEST, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) returned to their homeport in Key West following a 90-day counter-smuggling patrol in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South, operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Mohawk crew, along with...

First Coast Guardsmen graduate from Army Sniper School

First Coast Guardsmen graduate from Army Sniper School
Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse Pitrelli and Petty Officer 1st Class Peter Purcell participate in training during Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, Ga.  (U.S. Army photo) Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake There are few things more fearsome on the field of battle than the report of a sniper’s rifle.  Able to engage their targets at ranges exceeding 800 meters, the Army sniper is a valued...

Coast Guard TACLET South receives new commander

Coast Guard TACLET South receives new commander
MIAMI — A change of command ceremony was held for Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South at Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Florida Friday. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Michael S. Fredie assumed the responsibilities of TACLET South commanding officer from Cmdr. Robert J. Landolfi. Cmdr. Michael S. Fredie reads his official orders and accepts the responsibilities as commanding officer...

Coast Guard and Navy team seize cocaine shipment

Coast Guard and Navy team seize cocaine shipment
ARLINGTON, Va. — A Miami-based U. S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment and the crew of USS Gary (FFG-51) stopped a go-fast carrying more than 1,100 pounds of cocaine approximately 300 miles off the Pacific coast of Columbia, Feb. 23. While on a routine patrol, the Gary’s helicopter sighted a suspicious vessel whose crew began jettisoning bale shaped packages overboard. The Eleventh Coast...

Coast Guard and Navy Team render medical assistance to M/V Belde crew near Yemen

Coast Guard and Navy Team render medical assistance to M/V Belde crew near Yemen
ARLINGTON, Va. — Guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and its Miami-based embarked Coast Guard Advanced Interdiction Team rendered medical assistance to Panamanian-flagged, bulk carrier M/V Belde, Aug. 20, approximately 110 miles north of Socotra Island, Yemen. At approximately 1:10 p.m. local time, Winston S. Churchill responded to a distress call following a cargo-handling...

Coast Guard, Navy, Costa Rican Coast Guard team interdict $4 million marijuana shipment

Coast Guard, Navy, Costa Rican Coast Guard team interdict $4 million marijuana shipment
ARLINGTON, Va. – A U. S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, deployed aboard the USS Elrod (FFG-55), supported a Costa Rican Coast Guard interdiction of a suspected drug smuggling vessel in the west Caribbean Sea on 3 July 2012. While the Costa Rican Coast Guard boarded the suspect vessel and detained four suspected drug smugglers, the LEDET supported by the USS Elrod, recovered more than 4,900...

Coast Guard LEDET & Navy’s USS Elrod seize 1,000 pounds of cocaine

WESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA – A U. S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), deployed aboard a U.S. Navy frigate, interdicted a suspected smuggling vessel, recovered more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine, worth about $13 million, and detained four suspected smugglers in international waters, June 10. “Teamwork is critical to a LEDET’s operational successes,” said Cmdr. Robert Landolfi, Tactical...

Coast Guard law enforcement team and U.S Navy frigate seize cocaine shipment

PACIFIC OCEAN – A U. S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, deployed aboard a U.S. Navy frigate, apprehended three suspected smugglers and seized more than 900 pounds of cocaine from a vessel in international waters approximately 55 nautical miles off the coast of Colombia, Feb. 4. The vessel was initially spotted by a U.S. Navy marine patrol aircraft after which, two Navy helicopters were launched...

Coast Guard law enforcement team, USS Oak Hill seize two ton cocaine shipment

MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard announced on Thursday the seizure of more than two tons of cocaine from a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico in early December. A Coast Guard deployable specialized forces team operating from the USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) discovered more than two tons of cocaine during counter narcotics operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Dec. 2.“This has been a great experience for us, being able...