A story of integration between HMCS Saskatoon and its embarked USCG LEDET. By: Lt(N) Linda Coleman, Public Affairs Officer, Operation CARIBBE
As Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Saskatoon patrolled in the sweltering heat of the west coast of Central America, the intensity heightened when a vessel of interest was spotted. The operations room and bridge buzzed with activity, lookouts were placed on the bridge wings, members of an elite United States Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) kitted up in tactical gear, and a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) was lowered in preparation for launch.
These are some of the first steps when real-time operations begin during Operation (Op) CARIBBE, Canada’s contribution to Op MARTILLO, a multinational campaign against transnational criminal organizations in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
On this mission, HMCS Saskatoon was engaged in a supportive role to the embarked LEDET, which regularly deploys onboard U.S. and allied naval vessels to conduct and support maritime law enforcement operations, including the interdiction or disruption of illicit narcotics that may be trafficked in North America. The LEDET specializes in advanced boarding techniques and weapons handling.
“We are the enabler for the LEDET’s mission, and Saskatoon’s priority is to ensure we set the LEDET up for success,” said Lieutenant-Commander Todd Bacon, the Commanding Officer of HMCS Saskatoon. “While we locate, track, and approach…