Born in the Bahamas, a young Duane Ezedi faced a world of poverty and hunger. His family moved to the United States when he was only 4-years-old in search of a better life with more opportunities. Now he has a stable job, a house, a car in good condition and a loving wife.
The U.S. Coast Guard must be in lock-step with our Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Defense and other interagency and international partners to be successful in “combating networks” – the first priority of the Coast Guard’s Western Hemisphere Strategy. These partnerships were at the forefront as The Interdiction Committee engaged with stakeholders in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia and Honduras last week.
With eight of the top 10 most violent nations residing in the Western Hemisphere and transnational organized crime networks acting as non-state actors, relationships between America’s military services and law enforcement agencies with their counterparts throughout the region are more important than ever. And, every Coast Guard port call is an opportunity to build and nurture those critical partnerships.
The crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, a multi-mission 210-foot medium endurance cutter based out of Cape May, N.J., recently exemplified the spirit of maritime stewardship and partnership during their recent port call to the Bahamas. For three days, the Coast Guard crew collaborated with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force – the armed service and coast guard component of The Bahamas known as RBDF – for community outreach and exercise planning.
The CG6022 aircrew of Petty Officer 2nd Class Sara Faulkner, Petty Officer 2nd Class James Nelson, Lt. George Menze and Lt. George Cottrell, not shown, successfully rescued three sailors off the coast of the Bahamas. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana O’leary. Uncontrollable variables, such as weather, location, time of day
Since June, the CGC Dolphin has made two drug seizures totaling over 2,300 pounds of marijuana valued at over $2 million. The cutter Dolphin, an 87-foot Marine Protector-class Coastal Patrol Boat (CPB) based in Miami, is quickly making a name for itself as one of the fleet’s most successful drug interdiction units. Dolphin’s busts would