No Headlines for this Drug Buster
Scoop Deck points out the silent exploits of another anti-narcotics warship quietly plying her necessary mission. Here is the story of “Mighty Mac”, the frigate USS McClusky:
The “Mighty Mac” has collected its share of drug busts when it heads to sea on such deployments to support U.S. SouthCom’s Joint Interagency Task Force-South, the Key West, Fla.-based command that heads the military’s drug-busting arm for the past 20 years. During last year’s deployment, McClusky helped nab more than eight tons of cocaine headed to the United States. Just during a three-month deployment in 2007, the ship’s crew helped seized about 12 tons of cocaine, worth a reportedly $306 million.
In October 2005, the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate hauled in about 5,800 pounds of cocaine aboard the fishing vessel Jose Antonio and helped, along with an embarked team of gun-toting Coast Guardsmen, to detain 16 suspected drug traffickers. Just weeks earlier, McClusky interdicted a high-speed boat and found it carried three and a half tons of cocaine, worth almost $100 million.
Since 2000, according to Navy officials, McClusky has made more than 20 drug seizures during deployments to the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific…
This is great stuff. Such unheralded but still vital functions of a Navy may not get the headlines (or funding) of supercarriers, missile destroyers, or nuclear submarines. Still, no real navy would be complete and no country safe without these little cruisers standing between the ocean’s lawless and civilization.