USS Underwood Recovers Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea

first_img View post tag: Drugs Training & Education View post tag: Underwood View post tag: Bales View post tag: Recovers View post tag: USS View post tag: sea The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36), recovered 49 bales of narcotics from the Caribbean Sea during Operation Martillo, Aug. 3.Underwood pursued a “go-fast” speed boat late Tuesday evening, Aug. 2, but it dumped its load before Underwood was able to effect a boarding. A Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft flying overheard, reported the “go-fast” dumping packages over the side and informed Underwood, who marked the position of the debris field in order to locate the packages in daylight.Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miguel Aponte, a member of the bridge watch team, spotted the first bale in the water around 8:15 a.m. Underwood Sailors manned the boat deck and loaded a team, including two members of an onboard U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), into a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). Over the next few hours, Sailors aboard Underwood used binoculars to search the surrounding area for more bales while the RHIB team recovered anything spotted in the water.“Right off the bat, we just start picking up bales that were floating in our area,” said a member of the LEDET. “After that, the ship vectored us in to different sections that they could see from a further distance and then also the helo [helicopter] vectored us in.”An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Eight Detachment Three (HSL-48.3) launched to assist the search from the air.“Initially we took off, were given two initial points to go between, searching back and forth using a linear pattern,” said Lt. j.g. Lance Herdon, one of the SH-60B pilots that flew the mission. “We got vectored in by the ship after calculating set and drift. We went to that area and began spotting the packages. We called back the position back to the ship and they began directing the RHIB over in that area. We orbited the area and continued to find more packages.”In the end, Underwood recovered approximately 1,225 kilograms of narcotics.“Going wholesale price is $22,500 per kilo. So estimated with 49 bales and 25 kilos per bale, we estimate about $27.5 million” worth of narcotics recovered today, according to a Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) Special Agent familiar with the case.Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus.Led by Joint Interagency Task Force (JITF) South, a component of U.S Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. Fourteen countries are participating: Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain,United Kingdom and the United States.JIATF South is a multiservice, multiagency national task force which conducts counter-illicit trafficking operations and intelligence fusion to detect, monitor, and handoff suspected illicit trafficking targets to law enforcement activities; promotes security cooperation and coordinates country team and partner nation initiatives in order to defeat the flow of illicit traffic.Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 8, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Caribbean USS Underwood Recovers Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood Recovers Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea August 8, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

BTAO to reroute traffic for Bacolaodiat

first_imgPHOTO BY BACOLOD CITY PIO The BTAO chief noted that there willbe 160 traffic enforcers to be deployed during the occasion. BACOLOD City – The Bacolod TrafficAuthority Office (BTAO) will implement a simultaneous road closures and trafficrerouting during the kickoff of the 15th Bacolaodiat Festival on Jan.31.  Oddette Ong-Gomez, chairperson of theBacolaodiat Festival 2020, the event will run until Feb. 2. The conferment will be held on Feb. 1at the BGC./PN “There will be a total road closure at4 p.m. the activity will be finished,” said Acebuche. BTAO chief Police Lieutenant ColonelLuisito Acebuche said there will be initial road closures at 3 p.m. alongcircumferential Road, in Barangay Villamonte along Lopues East – two hoursbefore the motorcade starts from the New Government Center. Acebuche advised the public motoriststo take alternatives routes. He also advised commuters to expect roadcongestion.    One of the highlight of thecelebration is the declaration of the city to Megaworld Corporationchairman and chief executive officer Dr. Andrew L. Tan as“Adopted Son and Honorary Mayor of Bacolod City. The motorcade will start at the BGC,and it will pass going to the downtown area until they reach the Lacson Stripat the North Capitol Area. There will be several activities linedup in the two festival sites at Lacson Tourism Strip and at BGC.last_img read more

Rush/Shelby makes Imagination Library donation

first_imgFranklin County, In. — Imagination Library in Franklin County has received a grant from the Rush/Shelby Energy for the purchase of two portable tables and customized table covering. The newly acquired equipment will be used in the community center.last_img

Marist looks to sweep Fairfield

first_imgSAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. Michael Cubbage, Matt Herasme and Jordan Jones have collectively accounted for 43 percent of Marist’s scoring this season. For Fairfield, Jesus Cruz, Landon Taliaferro and Vincent Eze have combined to account for 53 percent of the team’s total scoring.MAAC IMPROVEMENT: The Red Foxes have scored 64.1 points per game across 12 conference games, an improvement from the 56.2 per game they put up against non-conference competition.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Cubbage has made or assisted on 47 percent of all Marist field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 12 field goals and 22 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 64: Fairfield is 0-11 when it allows at least 64 points and 9-3 when it holds opponents to less than 64.STREAK STATS: Fairfield has dropped its last four road games, scoring 56.3 points and allowing 69.5 points during those contests. Marist has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 76.7 points while giving up 69. Marist looks to sweep Fairfield STIFLING DEFENSE: Fairfield has held opposing teams to 64 points per game, the second-lowest figure among all MAAC teams.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFairfield (9-14, 5-7) vs. Marist (6-15, 5-7)McCann Center, Poughkeepsie, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Fairfield seeks revenge on Marist after dropping the first matchup in Bridgeport. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 8, when the Red Foxes outshot Fairfield 43.1 percent to 40.4 percent and hit seven more 3-pointers en route to a 12-point victory. February 13, 2020last_img read more