USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport

first_img View post tag: Nicholas USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport View post tag: Mayport View post tag: four View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: than View post tag: Tons View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport View post tag: Drugs View post tag: delivers July 18, 2012 View post tag: more Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) delivered more than four tons of cocaine and marijuana to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., seized from drug interdictions conducted in support of Operation Martillo, July 17.Crew members offloaded approximately 3,408 kilograms (7,500 pounds) of cocaine, and 109 kilograms (239 pounds) of marijuana, with an estimated wholesale value of more than $93 million. The amount of cocaine seized was enough for 7.2 million doses, each dose approximately the same size as a sugar packet.USS Nicholas is returning to port after a 175-day deployment supporting counter illicit trafficking operations aimed at disrupting transnational organized crime and keeping drugs off the streets. “With the help of some partners in the region we accomplished what we set out to do; disrupt the drug trade,” said Cmdr. Stephen Fuller, USS Nicholas commanding officer. “Interdictions are challenging, but with the help of other naval units, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the partner nation navies, we executed a successful deployment.”During the deployment, Nicholas with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) conducted a combination of six disruptions and interdictions while in the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters of South and Central America.Also during the deployment, Nicholas transited the Panama Canal twice, conducted passing exercises and an officer exchange with the Colombian Navy, certified 22 pilots through Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 Detachment 9, four underway replenishments with a Chilean oiler, celebrated the anniversary of the War of 1812, and a “Crossing the Line” ceremony when the ship crossed the equator.U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, U.S. military and patrol aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, along with the support of allied and partner nation (PN) forces assisted with patrolling coastal regions from Colombia to Mexico to detect and monitor illicit traffic in order to cue and support PNs and U.S. interagency interdiction efforts.Patrol airplanes from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77 (VAW-77), Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) operating from El Salvador and U.S. Customs and Border Protection long range patrol aircraft operating from Jacksonville, Fla. And Corpus Christi, Tex., use sophisticated sensors to detect suspicious vessels and coordinate interdictions by the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and partner nations patrolling the region.More than 80 percent of the narcotics entering Central America and largely transiting through Mexico on their way to U.S. markets enter via maritime littoral routes, with the main conveyance being “go-fast” boats. By teaming up with regional partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, transnational organized crime networks will be denied those routes.LEDETs belong to Tactical Law Enforcement Team South or Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team and are an armed deployable specialized force under the USCG’s Deployable Operations Group. They were created to support narcotics interdiction operations aboard U.S. Navy and allied ships and are capable of supporting DOD national defense operations. LEDETs provide specialized law enforcement capability and maritime security capabilities to enforce U.S. laws across a full spectrum of maritime response situations, maritime security augmentation and maritime interdiction anti-piracy operations.Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. This joint service, interagency, and multinational operation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, the agency charged with detection, monitoring, and supporting the interdiction of illicit trafficking in a 42 million square mile area under the direction of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM).Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Share this articlelast_img read more

Research explores tailgate culture

first_imgFans of tailgating will be excited to learn grilling burgers and socializing in crowded parking lots can accomplish far more than just building anticipation for a sporting event. Recent research by Notre Dame marketing professor John Sherry has revealed tailgating to be a powerful tool for building community and family connections. Sherry said tailgating is a surprisingly intimate experience, with participants sharing in the private lives of neighbors and strangers alike. “Tailgating takes people’s domestic lives and kind of turns them inside out,” Sherry said. “If you go out and look in the fields and parking lots where it occurs, you see people’s private lives exposed to the world: their living room, their kitchen their dining room. People walking around can observe these interior lives and bond.” Sherry said individual tailgates may not appear to be interconnected, but in fact are often part of cohesive and long-lasting social communities. “It’s not just a bunch of private parties going on; there are communities stretching back over a hundred years, over multiple generations,” Sherry said. “There are neighborhoods of people that have been tailgating with one another practically forever.” Sherry said tailgating offers participants the opportunity to interact with friends and family but also leads to frequent bonding among strangers, with some choosing to “adopt” neighbors and new acquaintances into their parties. He said this willingness among Notre Dame fans to incorporate strangers into the University family is what makes Notre Dame tailgating unique. “What strikes me about Notre Dame tailgating is the sheer number of times people talk about the activity in family terms,” Sherry said. “Fans take in rivals from other teams, invite them to tailgate and introduce them to other Notre Dame fans. They try to share the Notre Dame experience with everyone who comes through.” Sherry said tailgating also defies the conventional marketing perception of a brand as a passive concept; consumers play an important role in continuously shaping and defining a brand’s image. Tailgating at Notre Dame displays the reality of this formative interaction between consumers and a brand, Sherry said. “Tailgaters are creating Notre Dame essentially; they’re rounding out the brand that the University stands for,” Sherry said. “Not just the tradition in itself that the University represents, but these hundreds of other individual traditions people are crafting that become intimately connected with what Notre Dame means.” Sherry said he is impressed with how Notre Dame shapes the football gameday experience, creating a safe and positive atmosphere without excessive regulation. However, he also said some fans are concerned with the increasing infringement of new building construction on traditional tailgating spaces. “The bigger the University gets, the more spaces for tailgating get cannibalized,” Sherry said. “From a tailgater’s perspective, that has been the greatest concern, the gradual loss of space to actually do it.” Having studied Notre Dame tailgating extensively, Sherry said he is now interested in branching out to see if his findings apply well to other schools around the country. Sherry said the lack of appreciation for the complexities of tailgating is a great example of why we should all stop and pay closer attention to the world around us. “So much of what we do in everyday life is just participation. It’s like fish in a fish bowl; you’re not paying attention to the context of events because you’re busy living them,” he said. “When you slow down and focus on what’s actually going on with tailgating, see all the amazing behaviors and cuisines being developed, it’s truly incredible.”last_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Are Ready for a Wicked Movie

first_img 3. Spring Awakening — 11% Fans of the 2006 hit Broadway musical who are waiting for a big screen adaptation won’t be “left behind” for long. It was recently reported that a film adaptation of Spring Awakening is in development with Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone and director McG at the helm. However, we still have some burning questions: who will sing the song of purple summer? Will Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff reprise their roles? Will a cast of new, fresh faces emerge from obscurity into stardom? Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles? (Again, kidding.) Movie big-wigs have been making all sorts of noises about producing film adaptations of our favorite musicals lately. With so many in-the-works, we asked fans which one they are most excited about seeing on the silver screen. The results are in, and perhaps no surprise which tuner was the most popular. 2. Into the Woods— 19% You wish, and you shall receive! The film adaptation of Into the Woods is just months away, with Chicago and Nine’s Rob Marshall at the helm. The starry cast includes Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, James Corden, Lilla Crawford and Christine Baranski. We’re still awaiting some official production shots and a trailer, but with a Christmas 2014 release date, hopefully we’ll soon be able to say we “know things now!” 1. Wicked— 39% Let us be glad; let us be grateful! Fans are more than ready to see the Wicked witches ride their brooms and bubbles onto the silver screen. A film adaptation of the Broadway blockbuster is in the works, according to Stephen Schwartz, though not many details have been confirmed aside from that. The Wicked and Pippin composer teased, “we’re starting to do some work on it. We’ve actually started gearing up on it a little bit.” Well, we couldn’t be happier. Now, if only we could get Harry Styles to play Fiyero! (Relax. We’re kidding. We think?) View Commentslast_img read more