NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) returned home Friday after a 12-week multi-mission deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
The crew deployed in early March to participate in Ships Tailored Training Availability (TSTA), a three-week training program testing the crew in naval warfare, damage control, engineering, navigation and seamanship drills and drills. The Hamilton crew performed exceptionally well, achieving an average score of 98% in all training categories. The team also interacted with the Coast Guard’s Office of Naval and Aviation Forces to perform necessary integration testing for future Coast Guard cutter boats and aircraft.
After completing the TSTA, Hamilton transited through Costa Rica. The crew hosted the Costa Rican Minister of Environment and Energy and other US government officials and diplomats for an official visit to Isla del Coco, or Cocos Island. The Costa Rican government’s solemn announcements of three executive decrees aimed at increasing the protection of one of the most productive and biodiverse habitats in the world highlighted this historic visit. The ceremony marked Costa Rica’s commitment to protecting the Cocos Island Marine Reserve and demonstrated the US government’s support for marine conservation and protection.
Hamilton’s crew continued to patrol the eastern Pacific Ocean, conducting narcotics operations supporting the U.S. Coast Guard’s Western Hemisphere strategy. The Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) carrier-based aviation team, based in Jacksonville, Fla., and Hamilton cutterboat teams worked together to detect a fast ship that dropped smuggling. The crew banned a go-fast, arrested four suspected smugglers and recovered 811 kg (1,788 lb) of cocaine worth over $24 million.
“I am extremely proud of this crew and all that we have accomplished during this deployment,” said Captain Matthew Brown, Hamilton’s Commanding Officer. “We have honed our ability to operate, defend, fight and protect our cutter and have applied it to directly combat the scourge of illicit narcotics and the destabilizing effects of their presence on the streets of our nation and those of our allies in the zone. of transhipment. Our partnerships with countries like Costa Rica and their coast guards enhance our ability to dismantle transnational criminal organizations, protect the environment, and strengthen a rules-based maritime order.
Hamilton is one of three 418-foot Legend-class National Security Cutters (NSC) in Charleston. With its robust command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment, the NSC is the most technologically advanced vessel in the Coast Guard fleet. NSCs are a globally deployable asset that supports Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and national objectives through drug interdiction, migrant interdiction, national defense, search and rescue, fisheries enforcement and national intelligence gathering.
For more information on Hamilton, visit https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Area.
|Date posted:||06.06.2022 19:19|
|Location:||NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina, USA|
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