US Navy LCS completes counter-drug deployment in Eastern Pacific

Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anderson W. Branch

The US Navy Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Detroit has returned to Mayport, Florida, following its maiden deployment to the Fourth Fleet area of operations.

Detroit, along with a detachment from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, deployed on March 15, 2020 to conduct US Southern Command and Joint Interagency Task Force South’s enhanced counter-narcotics operations missions in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean.

During the deployment, Detroit and an embarked US Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) disrupted an estimated 1,780 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of over US$124 million.

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