MIAMI (WAVY) - A Coast Guard crew operating from USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) uncovered more than two tons of cocaine during counter-narcotics operation in the Gulf of Mexico on Dec. 2.
USS Oak Hill is based in Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia.
"This has been a great experience for us, being able to leverage the incredible capabilities of the Oak Hill," said Cmdr. Rob Landolfi, Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South's commanding officer. "Our joint efforts during this deployment have resulted in the seizure of over two tons of cocaine."
The shipment of cocaine weighs more than 4,400 pounds and is worth approximately $245 million.
We were conducting our Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station mission when we received the tasking to help execute the interdiction," said Cmdr. David Bauer, Oak Hill's commanding officer. "I am proud that the crew of Oak Hill was able to assist in the seizure."
The Coast Guard team was comprised of Tactical Law Enforcement Team South , Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team and Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego (91109) .
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