The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) participated in a joint training exercise with the United States Coast Guard organized by the Afloat Training Group (ATG) Mayport off the coast of Florida, Jan 29.
The exercise focused on combating transnational organized crime (CTOC), specifically countering illicit trafficking at sea.
Cmdr. Darren Dugan, USS Jason Dunham’s commanding officer, said:
The training we received today was realistic and challenging. Jason Dunham is even more prepared to conduct operations in 4th fleet.
The exercise allowed Jason Dunham’s joint Navy and Coast Guard crew to implement training of tactics and procedures to detect and stop a suspicious vessel, search it for contraband, and detain suspects.
Elements of the exercise focused on communication between Jason Dunham, the embarked MH-60R helicopter, and Coast Guard authorities to receive permission for the proper course of action. Additionally, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen practiced the proper protocol in searching and detaining a suspect.
The exercise was a valuable training opportunity for all those who participated and demonstrated the value of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard team, combining resources and expertise to combat transnational organized crime at sea.
Jason Dunham is currently deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Martillo.
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