MAYPORT, Fla. -- Local military members are back from a three month long mission. Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Airmen on board the high speed vessel SWIFT returned to Mayport Thursday morning.
The mission left in February and the sailors visited Honduras, Guatemala and Belize to train. Because of sequestration, funding has been cut.
They've had to do some innovative things like use new technology with old assets. They sent the Aerostat and Puma U-A-V equipped with radars, cameras and sensors.
These are used to detect people on boats attempting to smuggle drugs, and other illicit materials like guns, people, and money. Even though they've done testing, this is the first time an Aerostat balloon was launched and operated from a high speed vessel.
This deployment had two successful intercepts. One didn't produce any contraband. The other they believe the people on the boat threw illegal substances overboard.
First Coast News