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USCGC Hamilton returns home after 72-day patrol

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) crew returned home Wednesday to Charleston after completing a 72-day patrol throughout the Eastern Pacific Ocean.​ The crew offloaded 26,250 pounds (11,907 kilograms) of cocaine and 3,700 pounds of marijuana worth $504 million Monday at Port Everglades.​ ​ ​ Hamilton’s crew interdicted five Leer másUSCGC Hamilton returns home after 72-day patrol[…]

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HITRON History Series: Coast Guard PA1 JD Lawrence (Ret)

In this documentary series the Coast Guard spoke with JD Lawrence, Aviation Maintenance Technician Petty Officer 1st Class, USCG HITRON (Ret). JD Lawrence retired with over 26 years of military service and was one of the original ten members to stand up Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON). He was one of the first two gunners Leer másHITRON History Series: Coast Guard PA1 JD Lawrence (Ret)[…]

Coast Guard HITRON history series: Captain Tony Tangeman (Retired)

In this HITRON history series, the USCG spoke with Tony Tangeman (retired Captain). He was the chief of law enforcement for the Coast Guard and the project manager for the proof of concept team that determined the use helicopters to stop the fast vessels dedicated to narcotics smuggling. This project led to the formation of Leer másCoast Guard HITRON history series: Captain Tony Tangeman (Retired)[…]

HITRON History Series: Kevin Gavin, Capt. USCG (Ret)

In this documentary series, the USCG spoke with Captain Kevin Gavin (Retired) from HITRON (Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron). Gavin was the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Commanding Officer from 2014-17. He was also stationed at HITRON as a line pilot from 2000-03 when the unit was just getting started. Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron operations started as Leer másHITRON History Series: Kevin Gavin, Capt. USCG (Ret)[…]

Coast Guard HITRON History Series: Capt. Walter Reger

In this documentary series, we spoke with retired Coast Guard Capt. Walter Reger, he was the third commanding officer of HITRON (Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron). Coast Guard HITRON operations started as an experiment in 1998 to halt the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S. Drug trafficking organizations primarily used «go-fast» boats, high-speed smuggling vessels Leer másCoast Guard HITRON History Series: Capt. Walter Reger[…]

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