If you ever had the thought that the Coast Guard was one of the more ‘laid back’ branches of the military - think again.
A recently published Defense Department video shows just how incredible these men and women, and their missions, can be.
The video begins mid-chase, with crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro chasing a "self-propelled semi-submersible suspected drug smuggling vessel" (or a narco sub, for short) through international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on June 18.
As the dramatic video shows the crew of the Munro speed after the sub, one of the Coast Guardsmen can be heard yelling in Spanish and ordering the vessel to stop, before turning to his crewmen and saying "that's going to be hard to get on."
But the criminal vessel wasn’t stopping and the Coast Guard wasn’t going to let them get away.
That’s when one of the ‘Coasties’ jumps from his moving boat onto the hatch of the sub and bangs on the door.
The clip, which seems to have been recorded via helmet cam, ends with the narco sub crew opening the hatch, and emerging with their hands in the air.
According to the website Task & Purpose:
The footage is from just one of 14 similar drug interdictions that the Munro and two other Coast Guard cutters pulled off between May and July 2019 along the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America, according to a July 11 statement from the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area.
On July 11, the Munro and its crew will offload more than "39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana worth a combined estimated $569 million," in San Diego, California, according to the press release. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend.
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