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Mission Commander (Ret) for the first HITRON Patrick Merrigan

Video by Cmdr. Ace Castle Interview and edition by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Stanton In this documentary series the Coast Guard spoke with the Cmdr. (Ret) Patrick Merrigan who was the Mission Commander for the first HITRON (Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron). Merrigan retired as a USCG Commander with 30 years of military service. He Leer másMission Commander (Ret) for the first HITRON Patrick Merrigan[…]

CBP-AMO seize over 77 tons of narcotics to date in FY22

WASHINGTON, D.C. — CBP-AMO (Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations) worked with their federal and international partners to seize over 77 tons of narcotics to date in FY22. Concretely 121,667 pounds of cocaine and 33,226 pounds of marijuana was seized in international waters through the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2022, denying transnational Leer másCBP-AMO seize over 77 tons of narcotics to date in FY22[…]

Coast Guard HITRON history series Captain Richard Bates

Interview by: Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Stanton.Edited by: Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Stanton. In this documentary series from the HITRON (Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron), Coast Guard spoke with Captain USCG (Ret) Richard Bates. Bates was the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) platform manager for Coast Guard headquarters aviation forces during the transition from Leer másCoast Guard HITRON history series Captain Richard Bates[…]

USCGC Steadfast returns home after 55-day counter narcotics patrol

ASTORIA, Ore. — The USCGC Steadfast (WMEC-623) returned to homeport in Astoria following a 55-day counter narcotics deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean, on Saturday, June 18. The 210-foot medium endurance cutter and crew covered more than 11,000 miles conducting law enforcement and search and rescue (SAR) operations in international waters off Central America from Leer másUSCGC Steadfast returns home after 55-day counter narcotics patrol[…]

USCGC Hamilton and HITRON crews returns from patrol in Caribbean Sea

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) and HITRON crews returned home Friday following a 12-week multi-mission deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The USCGC crew deployed in early March to participate in the Tailored Ship Training Availability, a three-week training program was testing the crew in naval warfare, damage control, Leer másUSCGC Hamilton and HITRON crews returns from patrol in Caribbean Sea[…]

US Navy deploys MQ-8C Fire Scout to Indo-Pacific

SAN DIEGO – May 23, 2022 – The US Navy autonomous helicopter system MQ-8C Fire Scout, by Northrop Grumman Corporation, made its second operational deployment and first deployment to the Indo-Pacific Area of Responsibility, aboard USS Jackson (LCS-6), providing military commanders greater maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) capability. “The MQ-8C Fire Scout is Leer másUS Navy deploys MQ-8C Fire Scout to Indo-Pacific[…]

CBP-AMO P-3 Orion and partners seize over 15 tons of cocaine

WASHINGTON D.C. — CBP-AMO (Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations) National Air Security Operations Center P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker and Airborne Early Warning System aircrews worked with Joint Interagency Task Force-South and international partners to seize 30,535 pounds of cocaine and 7,877 pounds of marijuana in international waters between January 1 and Leer másCBP-AMO P-3 Orion and partners seize over 15 tons of cocaine[…]

CBP-AMO seize 1.3 tons of cocaine in eastern Pacific

WASHINGTON D.C. — An CBP-AMO (Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations) National Air Security Operations MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) crewed by AMO personnel and Coast Guard (USCG) members worked with Joint Interagency Task Force South and international partners to seize 2,646 pounds of cocaine and detain three people in the Eastern Pacific on Leer másCBP-AMO seize 1.3 tons of cocaine in eastern Pacific[…]

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