Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returns to Maine.

Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returns to Maine after successful patrol.

 



Coast Guard Cutter Campbell
Returns to Maine.
Successful patrol includes $209 million cocaine seizure.

BOSTON - Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returned to its homeport in Kittery, Maine, Friday after an 80-day counter-narcotic patrol in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Campbell's crew disrupted six narcotic smuggling ventures, The USCG Cutter Campbell returns from patrol. seized about 12,000 pounds of cocaine, worth $209 million, and detained 24 suspected smugglers.

Equipped with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew deployed from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron unit based in Jacksonville, Florida, the Campbell patrolled known narcotic transit zones in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central and South America in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South, which facilitates international and interagency interdiction to enable the disruption and dismantlement of illicit and converging threat networks in support of national and hemispheric security.

Campbell's crew also rescued three sea turtles found entangled in loose fishing gear.

"During this challenging deployment, the crew excelled in all assigned missions and should be exceptionally proud of their accomplishments," said Cmdr. Mark McDonnell, commanding officer of the Campbell. "Our efforts to integrate with partner agencies and nations are key to the safe and successful execution of these complex interdiction operations as we work together to remove cocaine bound for the United States and help dismantle criminal networks."

Campbell is a 29-year-old Famous-Class cutter homeported in Kittery, Maine, with a crew complement of 100.

A pallet of seized cocaine aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Campbell.
A pallet of cocaine aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, home-ported in Kittery, Maine, is shown during an offload in Port Everglades, Friday June 8, 2018. The Campbell crew was responsible for the interdiction of six of the seven cases, seizing an estimated 12, 000 pounds while on patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Crystalynn A. Kneen.


Posted 6/19/18

 

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