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[…]

USCGC Legare and HITRON crews interdicting over 20 million in drugs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Legare and HITRON crews returned to home after an eight-week counter narcotic patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, Friday. The Cutter Legare interdicted over 7,000 pounds of contraband, with an estimated street value in excess of $20 million and patrolled over 10,000 nautical miles throughout the Eastern Leer másUSCGC Legare and HITRON crews interdicting over 20 million in drugs[…]

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[…]

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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