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

Brazilian Air Force Officer Represents Brazil in International Aviation

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 30, 2018 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) keeps a representative at the Regional Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), located in Lima, Peru. FAB Colonel Alexandre Lima Prado, the pilot on assignment at ICAO since early 2017, is an aviation investigator from the Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aviation Accidents (CENIPA, in Portuguese). The FAB unit is tasked to investigate and prevent aviation accidents in Brazil. The partnership, born from an invitation by ICAO to develop operational safety in aviation for the South American region, began in 2015. ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), was founded in 1944 to set standardized requirements that facilitate daily air operations. Its goal is to create a safe environment for pilots to allow them to operate their aircraft the same way in any part of the world. There are seven ICAO regional offices, including the one in Lima, Peru, the first to be established in 1948. Brazil is the only country in Latin America with a representative at the ICAO office in Lima. The other professionals on site are staff of the institution. The assignment of the FAB investigative officer is to support sustainable development of air operations, as well as promote and improve investigation and prevention tasks of aviation accidents in the 13 member states within the South American region. For FAB Major General Frederico Alberto Marcondes Felipe, head of CENIPA, having a Brazilian officer at ICAO’s regional office allows for a direct connection to the organization that sets the recommended standards and practices for global aviation. “This puts our country in a position to be an active player in the prevention of aviation accidents beyond our borders, and facilitates a knowledge exchange between CENIPA and South American countries,” Maj. Gen. Felipe said. To him, Brazil is home to an aviation industry with a rich history and global representation. The country is an ICAO member with its own globally recognized Aviation Accidents Investigation and Prevention System (SIPAER, in Portuguese), which justifies the invitation. “CENIPA is honored to be able to represent Brazil in response to this request and to contribute to a modern, efficient, and—above all—safe air transport service on the South American continent, which is kept up to date with best practices,” Maj. Gen. Felipe said. Experience in the service of aviation Col. Prado is the second CENIPA investigator to participate under the cooperation agreement between FAB and ICAO. The colonel will serve at ICAO Peru until February 2019, before being replaced. To work with the most varied areas of aviation with international qualifications is a great opportunity for professional growth, he told Diálogo. “Learning about the differences that exist among member states, and being able to gain new knowledge and perspectives on structuring our accident investigation and prevention work is rewarding,” he said. According to Col. Prado, the presence of a CENIPA official at such an important office for global aviation allows for new knowledge to be added to the work the center carries out. “This is an opportunity for Brazil to have contact with new tools that are used globally and help ensure that safety innovations in the aviation industry are taken up earlier on and incorporated more seamlessly,” he said. Among the great challenges for his assignment, the colonel said, are to provide South American countries with a standardized development, and common policies and rules, as each nation has its own organizational structure. His 30 plus years of experience focusing on the area of operational safety in aviation was essential to carry out his activities in Peru, Col. Prado said. According to Maj. Gen. Felipe, the officer’s experience was considered to select an FAB representative at ICAO. “The operational experience gained over the course of a military career adds maturity, interpersonal skills to build relationships, and decision-making abilities to our Brazilian investigators, which are important requirements to serve in a multinational organization of a diplomatic relations nature like ICAO,” he said. Aviation research in Brazil CENIPA, located in the federal district of Brasília, investigates and promotes operations to prevent aviation accidents in Brazil, based on criteria set by ICAO. To fulfill its mission throughout Brazil, the center has seven regional offices strategically placed across the country. “They were established to give SIPAER some traction, to help ensure that its investigation and prevention activities are done with the swiftness and scope required,” Maj. Gen. Felipe explained. According to Maj. Gen. Felipe, CENIPA’s investigations have the sole purpose of preventing new accidents and do not have procedures to establish liability in the administrative, civil, or criminal domains. “That aspect is the responsibility of judicial bodies,” he said. The FAB unit is one of just a few in the world that are military in nature, but carry out activities for the investigation and prevention of aviation accidents. For Maj. Gen. Felipe, the esteem and credibility that CENIPA earned enable it to develop relationships with military and civil research bodies built on mutual respect and cooperation. “Brazilian investigators commonly participate in other countries’ investigations, just as foreigners participate in investigations done by our country,” he said. “The interactions are such that CENIPA devotes a specific part of its organization to manage the processes that involve international organizations.” Maj. Gen. Felipe also highlighted the trust with Brazilian airline operators. “They always contribute to the center’s work, and they voluntarily report risky situations that they experience, knowing that CENIPA will do everything in its power to mitigate the identified hazards,” he concluded.last_img read more

Raketech appoints Oskar Mühlbach as operations lead

first_img Raketech boosts global network with Lead Republik acquisition March 11, 2020 Michael Holmberg – RaketechIssuing a market update, Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network Raketech Group Plc confirms the appointment of Oskar Mühlbach as Chief Operations Officer (COO)A seasoned industry executive in marketing and enterprise planning, Mühlbach is the former Chief Ventures Officer and Managing Director of Green Media, the previous digital marketing and player acquisition arm of igaming group Mr Green & Co.Mühlbach joins Raketech executive team as the affiliate network seeks to take advantage of global changeign dynamics within the igaming and online betting  sectors.Michael Holmberg, CEO at Raketech said: “With a solid background working in senior roles in digital businesses, Oskar fulfils all criteria needed for the COO role. The appointment is part of our global ambitions, where we will continue to grow organically and via M&A both in the Nordics and other regions.”Last month Raketech governance announced that the company would be seeking to optimise the firms financing structures, having repaid thRAketech’s corporate debt.Oskar Mühlbach – RaketechOskar Mühlbach will start his new position as COO on May 1, 2019, joining the senior management team and will take charge of Raketech’s geographic expansion and digital user experience.Raketech’s future COO, Oskar Mühlbach added: “The gaming market is changing, and it is vital for all companies to optimise their business models and become even more digital in their way of working. When Raketech continues to expand, I believe one of my most important tasks is to secure high scalability when entering new markets.” Share Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon ‘Volatile’ Swedish regulations see Raketech grow global focus August 19, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more