USCG Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron HITRON history series: Adm. James Loy

The USCG Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) operations started as an experiment in 1998 to halt the flow of illegal drugs into the United States Drug trafficking organizations primarily used “go-fast” boats, high-speed smuggling vessels capable of traveling over twice the speed of Coast Guard cutters. The U.S. Coast Guard needed a way to counter Leer másUSCG Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron HITRON history series: Adm. James Loy[…]

Coast Guard HITRON provides humanitarian assistance to Honduras after Hurricane Eta

PUERTO LEMPIRA, Honduras — A Coast Guard Helicopter Tactical Squadron (HITRON) MH-65 Dolphin aircrew forward deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) provided humanitarian assistance, Friday, to Honduran villages after Hurricane Eta impacted the country. The HITRON aircrew and Seneca crew medevaced multiple people and redistributed relief aid across the hurricane impacted area as Leer másCoast Guard HITRON provides humanitarian assistance to Honduras after Hurricane Eta[…]

Coast Guard crew to offload more than 26,000 pounds of cocaine, marijuana worth $390 million in San Diego

SAN DIEGO —​ The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750) is scheduled to offload more than 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine and marijuana in San Diego, Friday. The cocaine, worth an estimated $390 million, was seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband represents 13 suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions Leer másCoast Guard crew to offload more than 26,000 pounds of cocaine, marijuana worth $390 million in San Diego[…]

HITRON, el Escuadrón Táctico de Interdicción del U.S. Coast Guard

Con base en Jacksonville (Florida), HITRON es el Escuadrón Táctico de Interdicción (Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron) del U.S. Coast Guard especializado en la lucha contra el tráfico de drogas. Para llevar a cabo su misión la Unidad está capacitada y autorizada para el Uso de Fuerza Aerotransportada (AUF, Airborne Use of Force), tanto en las Leer másHITRON, el Escuadrón Táctico de Interdicción del U.S. Coast Guard[…]

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) returns home after 40-day Western Caribbean counter-drug patrol

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) crew returns home to Cape Canaveral,​ Wednesday,​ following a 40-day counter-drug patrol in the Western Caribbean. During their patrol, the Vigilant’s crew participated in a four-day multi-national counter narcotics joint operation with the Armed Forces of Honduras and later worked with the Colombian Navy in the interdictions Leer másCoast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) returns home after 40-day Western Caribbean counter-drug patrol[…]

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