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

Focused Bolt primed to dazzle in Moscow

first_imgUsain Bolt will be expected to bring some razzle-dazzle to the world championships on Sunday in the semi-finals and final of the 100 metres after the Jamaican played it safe in the heats.Triple Olympic champion Bolt, who infamously false-started and was disqualified from the final two years ago in Daegu, took no chances on his first appearance in the Luzhniki stadium with a win in 10.07.“I’m happy with my run. I took it easy as it was the first round. I just wanted to get my reaction and start right,” he said.Bolt is hot favourite for the title in the absence of injured 2011 winner Yohan Blake and 2007 champion Tyson Gay who announced last month he had failed a dope test.The decathlon is among five other golds to be decided on the second day of the championships and world record holder Ashton Eaton holds a nine-point lead over U.S. team mate Gunnar Nixon with the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 metres (1635) to go.Any hope of an American sweep of the podium went when defending world champion Trey Hardee no-heighted in the high jump in Saturday’s fourth event.Ethiopia’s Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba is unbeaten over 10,000 metres and favourite to win the women’s final (1705), a title she earned in 2005 and 2007. Dibaba was the first women to win the distance double when she also took gold over 5,000 in Helsinki in 2005 but although the 27-year-old has been entered into the shorter race here, Ethiopian media reports suggest she will run only the one event.Another athlete who has dominated her event, Sandra Perkovic, will attempt to win a first discus world gold (1615).The 23-year-old Croatian has the top four throws in the world this year with a best of 68.96 metres.“I’ve never won a world title – I was too young in 2009 (finished ninth) but now is perfect,” she told Reuters.Cuba’s Yarelys Barrios leads the rest of the contenders and is aiming to become the first woman to win four successive world championship medals in the event after silvers in 2007 and 2009 and bronze in 2011.World and Olympic long jump champion Britney Reese had a scare, scraping into Sunday’s final (1500) in 12th and last place on countback with 6.57 metres as Britain’s Shara Proctor led the qualifiers with 6.85 despite taking off way behind the board. The first medal of the day comes in the men’s 20-km walk (1300 GMT) which includes Olympic champion Olympic champion Chen Ding, although the Chinese has been plagued by injury and has not finished a race winning gold in London.last_img read more