New CG HITRON Squadron Commissioned in JAX | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 07.20.17

Airborne 07.24.17

Airborne 07.25.17

Airborne 07.26.17

Airborne 07.20.17

Airborne 07.21.17

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 07.20.17

Airborne 07.24.17

Airborne 07.25.17

Airborne 07.26.17

Airborne 07.20.17

Airborne 07.21.17

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17

NEW!!! 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview -- YouTube Presentation / Vimeo Presentation

Tue, May 27, 2003

New CG HITRON Squadron Commissioned in JAX

The Commander of US Coast Guard Atlantic, Vice Admiral James Hull, formally commissioned a new Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON), at a ceremony on Monday, May 19, at the Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville, Florida. That unit is now one of many elite Coast Guard elements charged with protecting America's borders and waterways by using armed force from helicopters. In fact, the Coast Guard HITRON squadron is America’s first and only airborne law enforcement unit that is trained and authorized to employ airborne use of force.

HITRON was initially given the mission of interdicting and stopping drug-laden, high-speed vessels known as “go-fasts” in the Caribbean, and more recently the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The MH-68A helicopters employed by HITRON are the newest helicopters in the U.S. Coast Guard inventory and are capable of cruise speeds of up to 140 knots. The actions of the men and women of HITRON have been instrumental in stopping over 25 tons of illegal drugs, worth over $1.5 billion dollars, from reaching America’s neighborhoods.

Due to HITRON’s unique capabilities and training, the unit was additionally tasked to develop Airborne Use of Force tactics to counter possible terrorist threats to the United States. “HITRON will be a highly effective tool available to the leadership of the Homeland Security Department and the U.S. Coast Guard in the continuing national effort to prevent illegal drugs from entering the United States and to prevent terrorism in our homeland,” said Capt. Walter Reger, Commanding Officer.

“The use of Coast Guard HITRON for armed patrols will increase the level of security in our ports, provide an additional layer of defense, ensure continued safe flow of commerce and deter possible acts of terrorism in our nation’s key ports,” said Secretary Ridge.

FMI: www.uscg.mil

Advertisement

More News

Belite AircraftÂ’s 'Chipper' 2-Place Experimental Arrives At EAA17

Now Faster With Increased Useful Load The performance numbers for Chipper, the experimental two place airplane kit from Belite Aircraft, have been updated, providing large gains in>[...]

Belite Introduces New Instruments At AirVenture

Fuel / Water Discriminator, Engine Monitoring System Installed In Chipper Airplane The FAA has long warned: "Water contamination of aircraft fuel systems has been and remains a maj>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17: Airspace Auto-Authorization, Bogus UAV Hit, CA Regs

Also: “Drone Billboard”, Eagle v Drone, Self-Driving Cars, Drone Locates Lost Man, Airborne-Unmanned-Help Wanted Greatly anticipated, it appears that this fall, some 50>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17: Airspace Auto-Authorization, Bogus UAV Hit, CA Regs

Also: “Drone Billboard”, Eagle v Drone, Self-Driving Cars, Drone Locates Lost Man, Airborne-Unmanned-Help Wanted Greatly anticipated, it appears that this fall, some 50>[...]

Airborne 07.25.17: Blue Origin Stands Tall!, Dynon-Certified, Rotax 915iS

Also: Able Flight, Piper M600 Grounding, Avidyne Updates, Pelton Intvw Part 2 No one who goes to Oshkosh remains surprised… for long... at all the amazing things they see at>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC