Air Drop Resupply Prompts Drug Interdiction

USS CARR, At Sea -- Norfolk-based frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) retrieved 1,250 pounds of cocaine while being resupplied by an air drop at sea during Operation Martillo, Aug. 15.

A long range P-3 patrol aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) decreased altitude, passed close to the ship and dropped a single parachute attached to a sealed capsule which contained mission essential parts.

As the container landed in the sea, Carr dispatched its rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to retrieve the container.

"Seeing our parts being pushed out of an aircraft worried me a bit, just thinking what would happen if the parachute didn't open or what if the container sunk. It was great to see Naval Logistics and coordination with the CBP in action" said Chief Logistics Specialist Jeffery Fries.

While Carr's RHIB was retrieving the parts capsule, Carr's embarked SH-60B helicopter identified a suspect small boat over the horizon. The ship was immediately directed to make best speed to intercept the suspect vessel.

Carr's embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) boarded the vessel and seized 1,250 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of approximately $17 million.

"Carr's Sailors have performed brilliantly throughout deployment, demonstrating their ability to constantly flex to accomplish the task at hand. I am particularly proud of my First Division - they constantly amaze me with their dedication, determination, and knowledge," said Cmdr. Patrick Kulakowski. commanding officer.

Carr is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is currently deployed to the Caribbean Sea in support of Operation Martillo and U.S. 4th Fleet.

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