Tag Archives: U.S. Southern Command

SOUTHCOM Tidd Wants More Surveillance, Coast Guard Cutters to Stem Illegal Trafficking

SOUTHCOM Tidd Wants More Surveillance, Coast Guard Cutters to Stem Illegal Trafficking

U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with service members on Nov. 22, 2017. US Army Photo

The Southern Command’s top officer told the Senate Armed Services Committee he is receiving only a fraction of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance resources he needs to stem the flow of illegal rugs, people and money into the United States. Read More

U.S. Participation in Search for Sunken Argentine Submarine Ends Today

U.S. Participation in Search for Sunken Argentine Submarine Ends Today

The R/V Atlantis, a U.S. Navy-owned research vessel, is loaded with the cable-controlled Undersea Recovery Vehicle (CURV-21) in Comodoro Rivadavia on Dec. 4, 2017. The CURV is designed to meet the U.S. Navy’s deep ocean salvage requirements down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet and will be used in support of the Argentine Navy search efforts of the ARA San Juan (S-42) US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet.

The United States will end its portion of the search for missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan in the South Atlantic today, after spending five and a half weeks searching for the sub that sank with 44 crew members onboard. Read More

Adm. Tidd: SOUTHCOM, NORTHCOM, Neighbors Must Collaborate to Solve Regional Challenges

Adm. Tidd: SOUTHCOM, NORTHCOM, Neighbors Must Collaborate to Solve Regional Challenges

Adm. Kurt Tidd (left), commander of U.S. Southern Command, visits with Brazilian Maj. Gen. Jorge Lopes Fossi (right), commander of the PANAMAX 2017 exercise Combined Forces Land Component Command at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on Aug. 15, 2017. US Army photo.

The United States needs to continually engage in building stronger ties with the nations of Central and South America because “no other region has more impact on our daily lives,” Adm. Kurt Tidd told a gathering of Olmsted Foundation scholars Wednesday in Washington. Read More

Tidd: SOUTHCOM is Shifting From Tactical to Strategic Outlook in Illegal Trafficking Fight

Tidd: SOUTHCOM is Shifting From Tactical to Strategic Outlook in Illegal Trafficking Fight

Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), speaks to the crew of amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) in 2016. US Navy Photo

Rather than concentrating on cutting off goods moved via illegally trafficking – people, cocaine, opioids, gold, exotic animal and plants – U.S. Southern Command and its national partners are now looking at the best way to disrupt the criminal networks that control that flow, SOUTHCOM commander Adm. Kurt Tidd said at a Coast Guard Academy leadership event Tuesday. Read More

DoD's Hurricane Response Effort In Haiti Wrapping Up As Military Assets No Longer Needed

DoD’s Hurricane Response Effort In Haiti Wrapping Up As Military Assets No Longer Needed

Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 (HSC-28) embrace Haitians after delivering aid to a landing zone on Oct. 16. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. US Navy photo.

Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 (HSC-28) embrace Haitians after delivering aid to a landing zone on Oct. 16. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. US Navy photo.

Ground-based Marine Corps and Army aviation units are already leaving Haiti and amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) will likely leave this week, as the military wraps up its Hurricane Matthew response effort and turns the long-term rebuilding effort over to United States Agency for International Development and other organizations. Read More

SOUTHCOM Pitching New, Low-Cost Ideas To Get Ships Operating In U.S. 4th Fleet

SOUTHCOM Pitching New, Low-Cost Ideas To Get Ships Operating In U.S. 4th Fleet

An Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment lands on the flight deck aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) while conducting deck landing qualifications (DLQs). Lassen is currently underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility. SOUTHCOM commander Adm. Kurt Tidd said he's been pushing for greater inter-agency and international collaboration as well as innovation in his theater, all of which was showcased in Operation Martillo. US Navy photo.

An Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment lands on the flight deck aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) while conducting deck landing qualifications (DLQs). Lassen is currently underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility. SOUTHCOM commander Adm. Kurt Tidd said he’s been pushing for greater inter-agency and international collaboration as well as innovation in his theater, all of which was showcased in Operation Martillo. US Navy photo.

U.S. Southern Command wants to be a hub for innovation, both in serving as an early tester for new technologies and ideas that can be brought into theater and also in seeking creative ways to get more ships into theater to train with regional partners. Read More

Mesa Verde, Navy P-8 Arrive in Haiti To Support Relief Effort; Iwo Jima To Arrive This Week

Mesa Verde, Navy P-8 Arrive in Haiti To Support Relief Effort; Iwo Jima To Arrive This Week

A medical vehicle attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU), drives aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during an Oct. 7 onload of more than 500 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and nearly 300 pallets of supplies. US Navy photo.

A medical vehicle attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU), drives aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during an Oct. 7 onload of more than 500 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and nearly 300 pallets of supplies. US Navy photo.

Amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) is in Haiti today and amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is en route to respond to the island nation that suffered infrastructure destruction from winds and flooding, a death toll of more than 1,000 and now a cholera outbreak after Hurricane Matthew made landfall last week. Read More

Marines, Soldiers Arrive In Haiti As Navy Ships Prepare For Potential Hurricane Response Mission

Marines, Soldiers Arrive In Haiti As Navy Ships Prepare For Potential Hurricane Response Mission

U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command and soldiers from 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment load an Ohio Air National Guard C-130H Hercules in preparation to depart Kingston, Jamaica, for Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to support the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief effort in response to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 5, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command and soldiers from 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment load an Ohio Air National Guard C-130H Hercules in preparation to depart Kingston, Jamaica, for Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to support the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief effort in response to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 5, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

More than 420 Marines on two Navy ships are preparing to head to the Caribbean if called upon to respond to Hurricane Matthew, and a portion of the Marine Corps unit working in Central America is already in Haiti. Read More