USS Carr Recovers 780 Kilos of Cocaine
By Dialogo November 01, 2012
Guided-missile frigate USS Carr and embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) employed airborne use of force to stop a vessel suspected of transporting illegal drugs on October 25, in support of Operation Martillo.
The interdiction operation recovered 780 kilos of cocaine with a wholesale value of $15.6 million.
While Carr’s embarked SH-60B was conducting a routine patrol, they identified a fast moving speed boat. After closing in to investigate, the contact immediately altered course and attempted to escape. The SH-60B helicopter unsuccessfully attempted to stop the vessel, until disabling rounds were fired, bringing the speedboat to an immediate halt.
Carr then launched their rigid-hull inflatable boat with the LEDET and boarded the speedboat. In a coordinated effort, Sailors from Carr and personnel from the LEDET recovered packages of various sizes from the water, later determined to be cocaine.
Since the beginning of their deployment in June, Carr and the embarked LEDET have seized approximately 1,772 kilos of cocaine and 1,875 kilos of marijuana, with a combined wholesale value of more than $39 million.
Carr’s home port is Norfolk, Va., and it is currently deployed in support of Operation Martillo, under operational control to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and C4F (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) while conducting Counter Transnational Organized Crime operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force – South, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and U.S. Coast Guard District 11.
COMUSNAVSO/COMFOURTHFLT supports SOUTHCOM’s 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.