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USS Thach Returns To San Diego Early Due To Sequestration Cuts (Video)


USS Thach thwarts drug traffickers

The USS Thach is slated to return to homeport San Diego today, returning early from its deployment because of sequestration cuts.

The guided-missile frigate departed San Diego January 8, on a mission to combat drug trafficking in the Pacific (see video from AFP posted up top).

According to the Navy, the Thach helped seize more than 379 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana with a street value of at least $10 million.

Thach Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Hans E. Lynch, said returning home early from deployment is bittersweet:

"Our counter-narcotics mission is valuable to the U.S. and our partner nations but I'm glad that we are all able to reunite with our loved ones back here in San Diego."

In addition to taking part in Operation Martillo, the Thach crew also participated in Project Handclasp, helping to rehab an elementary school in Panama.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | April 12, 2013 at 10:08 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Hooray!! Another early homecoming! Good news for all!

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CaliforniaDefender | April 12, 2013 at 12:39 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Isn't counter-narcotics one of the missions of the Coast Guard? Using Navy warships as a police force is incredibly inappropriate and probably illegal. But then they likely had a few coasties on board to blur the line.

Nevertheless, I'm glad they're coming home. Another sequestration success!

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Real_MF_G | April 16, 2013 at 1:14 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Sequestration doesn't reduce the budget deficit; Mr. Obama was spending the money, elsewhere, before he decided to be so forthcoming about taking it out of the pockets of those who defend us.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 16, 2013 at 2:43 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

The military, along with the wider prison-industrial complex, comprises the most over-bloated waste of money we have out there.

We can deflate the military even MORE than sequestration dictates and still EASILY remain the world's largest and strongest military.

Those crying foul are most likely directly on the take from the military spending gravy train.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 16, 2013 at 2:48 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

It angers me that politicans on both sides of the aisle are actually willing to erode trusted, solid, proven programs like Social Security and Medicare that deliver the difference between life or death and happiness or misery to millions of Americans, yet keep the wasteful military/prison/"war on drugs" spending flowing.

It's criminal in my opinion.

Trim the fat off of the miltary-prison-industrial complex and GET YOUR FILTHY HANDS off of SS and Medicare - and I am talking to both Democrats and Republicans.

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