Navy Tests New Counter Drug Operation Technologies

Navy Tests New Counter Drug Operation Technologies


THE NAVY COOPERATES WITH NUMEROUS MARITIME
PARTNERS SHARING ASSETS AND CAPABILITIES TO CONDUCT COUNTER-DRUG OPERATIONS AND NOW THEY
ARE TRYING NEW AND CUTTING-EDGE WAYS TO FIGHT INTERNATIONAL CRIME. TECH SERGEANT RYAN MCKEE TELLS US MORE ABOUT
THE NAVY’S NEW TECHNOLOGY. U.S. FOURTH FLEET IS TESTING AN INNOVATIVE
WAY TO COMBINE TECHNOLOGY AND PEOPLE TO GIVE A BETTER MORE COST-EFFECTIVE WAY FOR FUTURE
COUNTER-DRUG OPERATIONS. THE GOAL IS TO FIGHT INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZED
CRIME BY COMBINING AN AEROSTAR UNMANNED BLIMP, PUMA UAV, AND COAST GUARD LAW ENFORCEMENT
GROUPS. “THE COMBINATION OF THE THREE IS NEW IN PARTICULAR
TO THE NAVY. DEFINITELY THE FIRST TIME IN MY CAREER THAT I’VE EVER SEEN THREE ASSETS
LIKE THIS ON ONE PARTICULAR MISSION.” ABOARD THE HSV-2 SWIFT THE TEAMS HAVE WORKED
TOGETHER FOR THREE DAYS IRONING OUT WRINKLES AND USING THE SPECIAL CAPABILITIES OF THE
SHIP TO REFINE THEIR OWN TACTICS. “THE THING THAT WE REALLY LIKE IS THE MANEUVERABILITY
OF THE SHIP. BEING ABLE TO POSITION THE SHIP SO THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT KIND OF WINDS AND
THE RIGHT KIND OF PLATFORM DIRECTION IS CRITICAL.” THE SWIFT AND ITS PERSONNEL WILL NEXT EMBARK
ON A THREE WEEK REAL-WORLD OPERATION OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA USING THEIR NEW FOUND
EYES IN THE SKY TO TRACK DOWN SMUGGLERS. “NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU SIT DOWN AND LISTEN
TO BRIEFS OR READ CAPABILITIES AND LIMITATIONS, UNTIL YOU SEE THEM WORK AND UNTIL YOU SEE
THEM INTEGRATE, I REALLY DON’T THINK YOU CAN BE AWARE OF POTENT AND HOW SUCCESSFUL THEY
CAN BE.” REPORTING FORM THE HSV-2 SWIFT IN KEY WEST,
FLORIDA, I’M TECH SERGEANT RYAN MCKEE. FROM THE DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY, I’M PETTY
OFFICER BRANDIE WILLS.

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