USS Carr Interdicts 1,250 Pounds of Cocaine During Operation Martillo
By Dialogo August 21, 2012
Frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) retrieved 1,250 pounds of cocaine while being resupplied by an air drop at sea during Operation Martillo, on August 15.
A long range P-3 patrol aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol decreased altitude, passed close to the ship and dropped a single parachute attached to a sealed capsule which contained mission essential parts.
As the container landed in the sea, Carr dispatched its rigid hull inflatable boat to retrieve the container.
While Carr’s inflatable boat was retrieving the parts capsule, Carr’s embarked SH-60B helicopter identified a suspect small boat over the horizon. The ship was immediately directed to make best speed to intercept the suspect vessel.
Carr’s embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment boarded the vessel and seized 1,250 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of approximately $17 million.
“Carr’s Sailors have performed brilliantly throughout deployment, demonstrating their ability to constantly flex to accomplish the task at hand. I am particularly proud of my First Division – they constantly amaze me with their dedication, determination, and knowledge,” said Cmdr. Patrick Kulakowski, commanding officer.
Carr is homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, and is currently deployed to the Caribbean Sea in support of Operation Martillo and U.S. 4th Fleet.