Coast Guard HITRON History Series: Rear Adm. Donna Cottrell

The U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (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 capable of traveling over twice the speed of Coast Guard cutters. The Coast Guard needed a way to counter Leer másCoast Guard HITRON History Series: Rear Adm. Donna Cottrell[…]

Coast Guard HITRON History Series: AET1 Kimberly Dechmerowski

In this USCG HITRON History Documentary Series, the Coast Guard speak with Petty Officer 1st Class Kimberly Dechmerowski, an avionics electrical technician. Dechmerowski and the first female gunner of Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron. The HITRON operations started as an experiment in 1998 to halt the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S. Drug trafficking organizations Leer másCoast Guard HITRON History Series: AET1 Kimberly Dechmerowski[…]

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast crew offloads more than $67 million of cocaine in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-623) offloaded approximately 3,905 pounds of suspected cocaine in San Diego, Thursday. The drugs, worth an estimated $67 million, were seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and represent two suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America Leer másCoast Guard Cutter Steadfast crew offloads more than $67 million of cocaine in San Diego[…]

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