USS Ingraham Disrupts Cocaine Shipment in Eastern Pacific

first_img Ingraham has disrupted a total of some 5,500 kilograms of cocaine during her deployment. This is her third successful interdiction since arriving in Fourth Fleet in support of Operation MARTILLO. Her first interdiction was the seizure of a self-propelled semi-submersible in May; the second was the seizure of a fishing vessel in June. Under the international counter illicit trafficking initiative called Operation MARTILLO, U.S. military, Coast Guard and law enforcement agencies, and regional partner nation law enforcement agencies patrol the waters in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the Eastern Pacific on a year-round basis in an effort to detect, monitor and interdict illicit traffickers. During at-sea busts in international waters, a suspect vessel is initially located and tracked by U.S. military or law enforcement aircraft or vessels. The actual interdictions – boarding, search, seizures and arrests – are led and conducted by U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachments or partner nation law enforcement agencies. U.S. maritime law enforcement and the interdiction phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific occur under the tactical control of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered in Alameda, Calif. Operation MARTILLO includes the participation of fourteen nations that are working together to counter transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Joint Interagency Task Force South, a National Task Force under U.S. Southern Command, oversees the detection and monitoring of illicit traffickers and assists U.S. and multinational law enforcement agencies with the interdiction of these illicit traffickers. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. USS INGRAHAM, overseas – the USS Ingraham vessel, with the equipment of the second deployment of the anti-submarine helicopter squad Light 49 and the staff of the security deployment of the U.S. Coast Guard debunked a cocaine cargo estimated in over 300 kg. IT IS RIDICULOUS TO MAKE SO MUCH FUSS FOR 300 TACOS. IN CENTRAL AMERICA , AS IS THE CASE IN NICARAGUA, WITH THREE AGENTS, BY FOOT, WITHOUT COMMUNICATION AND HUNGRY, EXECUTE ANTI-DRUG OPERATIVES THAT ARE WORTH MORE THAN A TONNE PER OPERATIVE. Ingraham, along with the forces and security authorities of the allied countries, did a follow-up and successfully intercepted a speedboat while in the international waters of the East Pacific about 115 miles south east of the border between Panama and Colombia. The boat was equipped with two engines outboard that can reach over 30 knots of speed. By Dialogo July 31, 2014 USS INGRAHAM, At Sea – USS Ingraham with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 Detachment 2 and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment personnel disrupted a shipment of cocaine estimated to be more than 300 kilograms while conducting counter narcotic operations in the Fourth Fleet Area of Responsibility July 3. Ingraham, working with allied forces and partner nation law enforcement, successfully tracked and intercepted a go-fast in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 115 miles southwest of the Panama/Colombia border. The panga was fitted with two outboard motors, capable of speeds of over 30 knots. “The common denominators in successful interdictions like this are excellent inter-agency support, a proactive watch team that develops an effective end-game strategy and a crew that maintains their tactical proficiency and equipment at an optimal level,” said the Ingraham’s Tactical Action Officer during the initial pursuit of the panga. Upon detection of one of Ingraham’s SH-60B Seahawks, the crew of the panga began throwing narcotics overboard. The panga later stopped after several rounds of warning shots and disabling fire into the the panga’s engines by a Coast Guard marksman aboard one of Ingraham’s embarked helicopters. Ingraham’s rigid-hulled inflatable boat was able to recover several of the jettisoned bales totaling approximately 36 kilograms. It is estimated that more than 300 additional kilograms sank. The U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment embarked the panga, apprehended three suspected smugglers, and conducted a search of the craft. last_img read more

It’s All Madrid UCL Final as Real Tame City

first_imgReal Madrid reached their 14th European Cup final and ended Manchester City’s hopes of a maiden title after securing a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their Champions League last four clash last night.Zinedine Zidane’s side will face city rivals Atletico in the final for the second time in three seasons after a first-half own goal from Fernando was enough to secure a narrow win that barely reflected Real’s dominant display.After last week’s goalless first leg stalemate, Madrid, chasing a record-extending 11th European title, opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Gareth Bale’s cross was deflected into the top corner by the City defender.The victory opened the door for Real Madrid boss Zidane to end his first season at the club with club football’s most coveted prize, while ending City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s hopes of signing off from the club with European silverware. City had made a bright start but their early momentum was halted in its tracks as captain and centre back Vincent Kompany was forced off with a muscle injury after nine minutes, handing the initiative to the hosts, who quickly went on the offensive.City looked slightly overawed as they handed territory to Real Madrid who punished them when Bale picked up Dani Carvajal’s pass and aimed a cross towards the far post that was deflected by Fernando past Joe Hart into the top corner.The linesman’s flag prevented City falling further behind when Pepe stabbed into the net only for his effort to be ruled out for offside, while City’s only glimpse of goal in the first half came when Fernandinho’s effort clipped the post.Madrid continued to dominate after the break, but found a second goal elusive as Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo failed to convert chances, while Bale’s header hit the crossbar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Programme to tackle social ills at Night Shelter begins August

first_imgThe Night Shelter continues to provide 24-hour service to its residents as it strives to address their social needs. The residents are also prepared for reintegration into society. A diversified programme aimed at helping them to curb the social ills which they struggle with will be rolled out in August.Probation and Social Services Officer Natasha Mansfield, who was attached to the Shelter three months ago, in an interview with the Department of Public Information, said the programme will cover several topics, including depression, substance abuse, self-care, and mental illness/mental health.Mansfield explained that when she began her job at the Night Shelter, she met with residents and held one-on-one discussions with them to determine their needs.“When I interacted with the residents, I began to understand their challenges. I found that most of them are depressed and have a mental illness. I did some counselling sessions with them, and engaged them in physical exercise and group discussions. I am aiming to commence the formal programme in August, where we’ll have formal discussions and professionals come in and talk with the residents,” Mansfield explained.The programme will begin with a concentrated focus on depression, which is most prevalent among the Night Shelter residents. This will be followed by other topics. The Probation and Social Services Officer said she would be liaising with professionals in the mental illness area to facilitate the discussion.The institution currently houses 59 residents and provides meals and other amenities. The staff complement was boosted with additional Patient Care Assistants, and a Registered Nurse is expected to be added to the staff. There were also recent upgrades to some of the facilities at the institution, including renovation of the kitchen and eating areas for staff and for male and female residents. For the first time, a security camera, fire extinguisher and wet floor signs were secured, and the institution is regularly fumigated.Imminently, an Occupational Health and Safety (OS&H) Standard for the Shelter will be developed to promote safety on the job.To date, the residents are entertained with celebrations such as the most recently observed Mother’s and Father’s Days celebrations which saw mothers and fathers being honoured.last_img read more