ICE Marine Ops Overview

Monday, May 17, 2004
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Air and Marine Operations (AMO) is tasked to protects citizens and critical infrastructure through the coordinated use of air and marine law enforcement to detect, interdict, and deter acts of terrorism and smuggling arising from the unlawful movement of people, goods, and money across the borders of the U.S. AMO’s has three core competencies – airspace security, air and marine interdiction, and air and marine law enforcement support. The Marine Division of AMO operates 73 vessels. The marine fleet includes 39-ft. interceptor vessels, 33-foot SAFE boats, various utility craft, and larger ocean-going support and radar platform vessels. These AMO vessels operate mostly along U.S. coastlines and in U.S. seaports. AMO marine crews and assets work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, and other state and local law enforcement organizations. AMO is based at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. The AMO organization has nine Air and Marine Branches, two Surveillance Support Branches, eleven Air Units, and 16 Marine Units at field locations throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. In addition, AMO operates the Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC) located at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California.

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