Sunday, September 2, 2012

Go-Fast, Go-Boom

     A very large part of my career was operating in the Caribbean Sea conducting Counter-Narcotics Operations with the Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF). In December 2005, we were patrolling around in our assigned box and we get a late afternoon call over the command net from JIATF. They had confirmed through intel that a go-fast had left Columbia and was enroute toward Mexico. Our mission was to rendevous with a Coast Guard HITRON Helo about 150 nautical miles away from our current position, which was embarked on a Cutter, and provide a Deck for them to land and transit a high speed back down to intercept the drug-ladened speed boat.

    After having my watch team plot the RDVU in our Combat System Suite, away we go, I had the watch and yelled up to the bridge on the 21MC, (aka The Bitch Box) Alter course to 010, Flank Speed. There are many things I miss from my time at sea, one of them is the rolling of the ship, the power that LM2500 Gas Turbine engines whining up to max power and pushing the ship to flank speed, and of course the jet noise, it can be deafning.

     As the trip goes on, I'm off watch and in the Mess. Then it starts, where are we going?, what's going on?, Are we going to get a bust? This always happens just as I sit down to eat a meal. Really, I have been on watch for 6 hours in a stress-full environment and I get this. So they keep on, and I look up at them and just eat. Well they finally give up and all go back to the lounge to watch movies. As I finish my meal and the "Mess Crank" or the politically correct name "Food Service Attendent" takes my plate to the scullary, I get up and go tell them all so they wont bother me anymore. After a few minutes of talking and BS'ing, I head back up.

   One thing about me that was known onboard any ship I was on is the fact that I did not, nor would not sit on my ass in the Mess. My place was with my guys, providing them with training and guidance to better themselves in their jobs and for them to succeed. I could have sat down in the Mess, I did have 6 First Classes (E-6) (Chief's in Training) out of the 23 guys, which last year another one put on his anchors (4 out of 6). As the night goes on, I hang out up there until we RDVU with the HITRON. These Coasties are pretty damn good, and I dont commend Puddle Pirates too much but, having the ability to shoot a Barrett 50 cal sniper rifle from a helo, at a small high-speed moving target, bouncing around in the ocean and taking out their outboard engines, quite impressive. Well at this point I have had enough and head down for a nap and leave my guys a wake-up call for me so I can be there in the morning when SHTF.

    Morning comes, very dark outside, we go to Flight-Quarters for launch of the HITRON. They are Airborne and out in front of us heading to intercept. They gain contact of the go-fast who was going slow, until you know who shows up. It takes off and they run like they stole it. One advantage we had that day was the seas were not good. So after about 15 mins, they are DIW (Dead in the Water)

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                                                               HITRON Taking action

 
One of the recovered engine covers
 
 
    Now that the Go-fast is just floating, we launch our RHIB boat with the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment to board the speed-boat, as HITRON provides overhead support and we roll up alongside with Ma' Deuce's trained on them. This evolution took almost the whole day to arrest the crew members, recover the bails of 99% pure Cocaine, and provide necessary reports back to JIATF. One important issue when dealing with these drug runnners, the Cartels will boobie-trap these go-fasts with many contraptions, and with large amounts of fuel onboard, this can be a very dangerous position to be in so this was main reason of why it took all day.
 
   As the boarding was finishing up and the nature of the catch, our CO made the call, "We will not tow this boat or leave it here, so I consider it a Navigation hazard". Prior to us leaving for our deployment, we had a new CIWS installed, which now has the capability to be used in Surface mode using IR and Optical.
 


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     So we set HERO condition to upload the CIWS with its shredding 20mm Tungstun rounds and have some fun.
 
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BTW, we also had the prize too.
 




Estimated at $91,000,000 (2005 figures)
 
 
Enjoy the remainder of your Labor Day Weekend.
 
Senior
 



   

   

    


15 comments:

  1. Great story, Bubba. Next time stash a bit away for a rainy day. We'll have Duke move the product.

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  2. It would have been nice, give him a 10% cut on it, sounds fair to me, hahaha.

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  3. That is so impressive. Excellant Post! I look forward to reading more.

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  4. Excellent start to the blog! Love to wtch those Vulcans work.

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    1. Yes, those high tech monsters are fun to watch, especially when within 50 feet of them while firing. I will say that is one of the best things built by the lowest bidder i have ever seen

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  5. if Duke gets a 10% cut, i am gonna need %12 to move the product into Canada. i'll meet up with Duke at the Akwasasne Mohawk Reserve on his side of the St. Lawrence (Hogansburg, New York), i'll be on my side in St. Regis, Quebec. we'll meet in the middle of the river, Duke's a great swimmer in a wet-suit....and i am the Cape Breton Island dog-paddling champion!!!!

    bahahahahahahahaah! and yes, i DO know all of the best entry points! once we nail this route, we'll start moving product overland through Maine and into New Brunswick!

    loved this story, Senior. i have been on a few HMCS' but only while docked. i can't wait to hear more crazy tales! 91 mil? that's impressive!

    your friend,
    kymber

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  6. I have seen Duke swim before, Kymber, it's not pretty. He lounges more than he swims.

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    1. bahahahahahahahahahah! oh my poor sweet Duke!!!!

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  7. Good post, Senior. Growing up in a gas station, my Dad's buddy was a big influence on me growing up. I never knew his real first name till much later-we just called him Chief. He was an old, grizzly, retired Chief that liked to sit and impart his life's wisdom on me. He knew my Dad from his time in the Navy and actually gave me a Blue Jacket manual that he carried for a while. Good man. So,any friend of Stephen's can't be too bad-I reckon. Go Navy, Beat Army.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Hillbilly. I grew up with a retired Master Chief and Active duty Chief across the street from me and they had a big influence on me dedicating 20 years to the Navy. I look back and see where I am and where my OBAMA SUPPORTING BROTHER! is at our points in our lives, well Mom always said I was the smartest one......

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  8. Great story to read, I'm glad that the upgrades for anti-small craft are coming out.

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    1. Yes, glad they did too, especially for the threats from these third world and Middle Eastern Countries.

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    1. Your welcome. It's amazing that when you write about an event while in the military, how quick you remember all the details and how it all played out.

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