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Coast Guard offloads more than $92 million worth of cocaine in San Diego
By | Oct. 17, 2019
The Coast Guard offloaded more than $92 million worth of seized cocaine in San Diego Wednesday. The cocaine was seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband represents four suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions by the crews of three Coast Guard cutters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America between late July and early October by the following Coast Guard cutters:

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant Interdicts Self-Propelled Semi-Submersible in the Eastern Pacific
By U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Jacksonville | Sept. 24, 2019
The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant's crew interdicted the self-propelled semi-submersible in international waters carrying approximately 12,000 pounds of cocaine, worth over $165 million and apprehended four suspected drug smugglers.

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca offloads more than 12,000 pounds of cocaine in Miami
By U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast | Sept. 23, 2019
The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) crew offloaded more than 12,000 pounds of cocaine Friday at Coast Guard Sector Miami. The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, including contraband seized and recovered in more than five interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by U.S. Coast Guard cutters.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy's (DDG 112) interceptor team provides security from the ship's rigid-hull inflatable boat after a low profile vessel was sighted by an MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to the
USS Michael Murphy Supports Maritime Interdicton Operations
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Byron C. Linder & U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs | Aug. 1, 2019
PACIFIC OCEAN – While conducting routine operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations an MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to the "Easyriders" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, embarked aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), sighted a low profile vessel on July 25.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, Rear Adm. Peter Brown and The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) crew stand on the flight deck amongst 26,000 pounds of interdicted cocaine and 1,500 pounds of interdicted marijuana at Port Everglades, Florida, June 6, 2019. The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America and include contraband seized and recovered in over a dozen interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy ships. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray.
Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads 26,000 pounds of cocaine, 1,500 pounds of marijuana at Port Everglades
By U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast | June 7, 2019
The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) crew offloaded approximately 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine and 1,500 pounds of seized marijuana Thursday at Port Everglades.

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant Crew Returns Home Following 9-week Counter-drug Patrol
By U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Jacksonville | May 29, 2019
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned home Monday to Naval Station Mayport following a nine-week counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific. While on patrol, the crew interdicted two go-fast smuggling vessels, seized 2,718 lbs of cocaine, worth over $41 million, and apprehended three suspected drug smugglers.

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Located at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South) conducts detection and monitoring (D&M) operations throughout their Joint Operating Area to facilitate the interdiction of illicit trafficking in support of national and partner nation security. 

JIATF South coordinates with the interagency and international partners to illuminate transnational organized crime networks and support interdiction and apprehension by U.S. and Partner Nation law enforcement agencies.

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Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, JIATF South Director, and Mr. David Lent, JIATF South Vice Director, recently hosted a visit from Ms. Teri Johnston - Mayor of Key West. Mayor Johnston received an orientation brief and tour of operations. This visit was yet another opportunity to connect with vital partners in our local City of Key West -- Government.
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Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, JIATF South Director, and Mr. David Lent, JIATF South Vice Director, recently hosted a visit by Luis G. Rivera Marín, Lt. Governor of Puerto Rico. Lt. Governor Rivera Marín received an orientation brief and tour of operations. This visit strengthened relationships with a partner vested in enhancing security in our region.
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Navy Adm. Craig Faller, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Commander, and Coast Guard Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, JIATF South Director, recently hosted a visit from Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Northern Command Commander. Also participating in the visit was Coast Guard Adm. Karl Schultz, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant; Amb. Liliana Ayalde, Civilian Deputy to Adm. Faller; Coast Guard Rear Adm. Laura Dickey, NORTHCOM Deputy Director of Operations; and Sgt. Maj. Bryan Zickefoose, SOUTHCOM Senior Enlisted Leader. This visit highlighted JIATF South operations, and explored opportunities for enhanced collaborations that enhance security throughout the region.
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Coast Guard Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, JIATF South Director, recently hosted a visit by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York’s 18th Congressional District, and Chair of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittee. Also participating in the visit was Adm. Karl Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; and Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steve Poulin, Director of Operations at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Rep. Maloney received an overview of strong, multi-agency partnerships that work together in countering threats to the entire Western hemisphere.
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Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, JIATF South Director; and Mr. Brett Chianella, JIATF South Vice Director; recently hosted a visit from Georgia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Georgy Gakhariya. Deputy Prime Minster Gakhariya met with JIATF South leaders and received an orientation brief.
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Coast Guard Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, JIATFS Director, and Navy Rear Adm. Stephanie Keck, JIATFS Deputy Director, recently hosted a visit by Rep. Pete Aguilar of California's 31st Congressional District and a member of the House Appropriations Committee's Defense; Transportation, Housing & Urban Development; and Homeland Security subcommittees. Rep. Aguilar received an orientation brief and tour of JIATF South operations.
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JIATF-S, expect some significant weather tomorrow. • Locally heavy rainfall 1 to 2 inches, isolated near 3 inches, with local street and poor drainage area flooding possible. • Sustained northeast winds near 20 kts with gusts 25-30 kts midday until evening Tuesday. • No damaging winds or tornadoes are expected, with lightning strikes and heavy downpours the main threats. • Tides may run noticeably high Gulf side of the Lower Keys especially late Tuesday evening, however no significant flooding is expected.
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A well-deserved recognition, U.S. Coast Guard Southeast!
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Air Force Col. J. Marshall Groves, JIATF South Chief of Staff, recently hosted visitors from the U.S. Air Force's Air War College. Officers from various nations received an orientation brief, information on operations, and introductions to foreign liaison officers. This visit strengthened relations with military officers on the path to become future Chiefs of Staff or Ministers of Defense in their respective countries.
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Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Sean Edwards, JIATF South Command Master Chief, recently hosted a visit by Command Master Chief Rob Bushey, Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. Also joining the visit was Master Chief Petty Officer Henry Audette, US Coast Guard Sector Key West Command Master Chief. This visit was an opportunity to learn more about U.S. Coast Guard support to JIATF South, and for local Coast Guard personnel to meet with its senior leadership.
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Navy Rear Adm. Stephanie Keck, JIATF South Deputy Director, and Mr. David Lent, JIATF South Vice Director, recently hosted Mrs. Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and members of her office. They visited JIATF South to gain familiarization on the JIATF South mission and operations.
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JIATF South military and civilian personnel were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments during the February All Hands ceremony. Congratulations to our awardees, who were recognized for their hard work and comitments to excellence.
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JIATF South recently bid farewell to two foreign liaison officers: Mr. Eldo Maranhao (Special Agent, Polícia Federal - PF), and Lt. Col. Gustavo Muñoz (Ejército GT Oficial). Liaison officers received recognitions from JIATF South and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), to highlight their invaluable contributions to enhancing regional security. Best of luck to you and your families, from your colleagues and friends in Key West!
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Coast Guard Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, JIATF South Director; and Mr. Brett Chianella, JIATF South Vice Director, recently hosted a delegation from the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Congressional Affairs, House of Representatives Liaison Office. Visitors received an orientation brief and tour of JIATF South operations. This visit familiarized key House of Representative staff members with the vital role that the U.S. Coast Guard plays in the JIATF South mission, and described local partnerships between JIATF South and US Coast Guard Sector Key West.
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Coast Guard Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, JIATF South Director; Navy Rear Adm. Stephanie Keck, JIATF South Deputy Director; and CBP's Mr. David Lent, JIATF South Vice Director, recently hosted Colombian Army Maj. Gen. Luis Navarro Jiménez, Commanding General of Fuerzas Militares de Colombia. Brig. Gen. Juan Carlos Correa, Director J7/J9 Exercises and Coalition, Colombia, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) also participated in the visit. Dignitaries received an orientation brief and an introduction to JIATF South's foreign liaison officers. This visit helped explore opportunities for coordinating team efforts in the region.
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Today JIATF South celebrated our 30th anniversary alongside our valued people and some of our trusted partners. Over the past 30 years, we have changed names a number of times, expanded our joint operations area, grown our workforce five-fold, and added liaison officers from various U.S. and international agencies. However, our core mission--detection and monitoring of illicit trafficking--and our dedication to building trust with partners have remained unchanged. For those who were unable to attend: we also thank you for your support over the last 30 years. Please enjoy these pictures from the event.
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Welcome to the livestream of today’s 30th anniversary event, which includes our history and remarks from Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro (JIATFS Director) and keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Mike Plehn (U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Military Deputy Commander).
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Navy Rear Adm. Stephanie Keck, JIATF South Deputy Director, recently hosted Brig. Gen. Juan Carlos Correa, Director J7/J9 Exercises and Coalition, Colombia, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). He received a command orientation and introduction to foreign liaison officers.
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Navy Rear Adm. Stephanie Keck, JIATF South deputy director, recently hosted a delegation from the Dominican Republic. Brig. Gen. Marcos Mejía Sánchez of the Fuerza Aérea de República Dominicana, and representatives from the Direccion Nacional de Control de Drogas, Armada de República Dominicana, and the Ejército de República Dominicana received a command orientation, introductions to foreign liaison officers, and an overview of JIATF South operations. This visit bolstered partnerships focused on enhancing security in the region.
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