The U.S. Coast Guard and the
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have announced the record maritime
seizure of more than 42,000 pounds of cocaine by 378-foot Coast Guard
Cutters Hamilton and Sherman, both recipients of Deepwater C4ISR upgrades.
As part of a two-phased effort, the Deepwater team upgraded
communications capabilities on all 39 Coast Guard high- and
medium-endurance cutters providing access to a secure data network via
SIPRNET, image sharing through faster satellite communications (SATCOM) and
improved target identification using Automatic Identification Systems
(AIS). The 12 378-ft. cutters also received law enforcement radios
allowing them to communicate in a protected environment.