Viral Video Featured Coast Guard Crew Boarding a Moving Drug Sub
Stonington, Conn. – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and well-being of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that at its 39th annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard, held on Thursday October 3, 2019 at the Times Square Marriott Marquis in New York City, it honored the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro for mission excellence in its summer 2019 deployment.
USCGC Munro received national acclaim and international attention for a dramatic interception and boarding of a drug smuggling semi-submersible in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. On June 17, 2019, Munro and Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team (PACTACLET) crewmembers, in coordination with the deployed Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) asset intercepted and boarded the drug laden semi-submersible. Munro and PACTACLET crewmembers leapt onto the moving sub in order to gain positive control of the vessel and safely remove the crew. This boarding resulted in the confiscation of 17,000 pounds of cocaine, totaling $232 million, and the detention of five suspected smugglers. The CGC Munro returned from a three-month deployment on July 11, during which they offloaded contraband from 14 drug seizures totaling 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana, with a combined worth of $569 million.
“There is a direct link between the recognition we give to the exceptional men and women of the Coast Guard, as we have done for half a century, and the development of stronger Coast Guard families,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “Our investment in building up these members for service, it extends beyond those who wear the uniform to include husbands, wives, teenagers and toddlers. When the whole family is cared for, which is our mission, these brave individuals are better equipped for the critical work of saving lives, securing our ports and protecting our environment.”
To watch a video of the daring interception, click here.
To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, please visit www.coastguardfoundation.org.
About the Coast Guard Foundation
Since 1969, the Coast Guard Foundation has honored heroes, empowered families and supported those who protect our Nation as members of the United States Coast Guard. The Foundation provides college scholarships to enlisted members, their spouses and their children, scholarships and support for families of Coast Guard members lost in the line of duty, and support for morale programs, including funding recreation, exercise and family-oriented facilities. The Coast Guard Foundation is headquartered in Stonington, Connecticut, where it maintains a staff of 17, with regional offices in Boston, Massachusetts, Washington DC, St. Petersburg, Florida and San Francisco, California. To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, please visit coastguardfoundation.org.