USS Freedom Intercepts Cocaine

The USS Freedom is the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) deployed with the US Navy. It is currently deployed in support of US Navy littoral operations, including counter-drug missions. In this slide show, the engagement of the assets from the USS Freedom are seen involved in a successful counter drug operation.

Credit: US Navy Visual News Service, February 22nd, 2010

  • The first photo of the slide show focuses upon Colombian navy sailors in a patrol boat, left, and Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from the littoral combat ship USS Freedom searching for illicit drugs dumped overboard by the crew of a high-speed “go-fast” vessel. Freedom’s boarding team recovered 72 kilos of cocaine from the Caribbean Sea.
  • The second photo shows the Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from the littoral combat ship USS Freedom, left, and Colombian navy sailors in a patrol boat searching for illicit drugs dumped overboard by a high-speed “go-fast” vessel. Freedom’s boarding team recovered 72 kilos of cocaine from the Caribbean Sea.
  • The third and fourth photos show an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 embarked aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom, hovering over the position of illicit drugs dumped overboard by the crew of a high-speed “go-fast” vessel.
  • The final photo shows Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from the littoral combat ship USS Freedom, front, and Colombian navy sailors in a patrol boat searching for illicit drugs dumped overboard by a high-speed “go-fast” vessel.



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***Posted March 8th, 2010

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