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SBminisguy12 Jul 2019 10:29 a.m. PST

Amazing footage of US Coast Guardsmen boarding a moving narco submarine trying to escape at sea. First of all, I had no idea the cartels were making such sophisticated smuggling craft. This looks like it's primarily a semi-submersible, designed to run on partially under the surface as a low-observable craft. Crazy. And this one semi-sub, who knows how many more are out there, was carrying almost a Quarter BILLION dollars worth of drugs.

If a narco cartel can do this, what about terror groups?? How many nations are also fielding midget subs?

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Oberlindes Sol LIC12 Jul 2019 11:02 a.m. PST

The narcos have been using these kinds of things since the 1980s. A crude semi-submersible like this isn't too difficult to make, and there's plenty of money in the drug business to buy materials and hire a naval architect.

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2019 11:04 a.m. PST

My brother was questioning why the Sailor was kitted out so heavily? It's not like he had to hoof it in. He got his ship onto a skiff, came along side the submersible and boarded.

It would seem to me that outside of personal protection equipment, firearms would all that would be needed…..

Either way, HUZZAH to the Coast Guard! I had no idea they did operations like this!

Choctaw12 Jul 2019 11:29 a.m. PST

I crack doors and arrest these kinds of people for a living. Questioning his gear is silly. My vest contains three rifle mags, two pistol mags, radio, two tourniquets, cuffs and a trauma kit. People probably wonder why I have to kit out…people who don't actually do what I do, that is.

It takes a special kind of guy to do what he did.

Lion in the Stars12 Jul 2019 11:47 a.m. PST

That honestly looks like pretty light kit in the picture. Armor, camelbak for water, pistol, pouch for cuffs (or empty magazines).

I am a bit concerned that I don't see any signs of floatation gear.

You're going to sink like a stone in most body armor!

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2019 2:10 p.m. PST

Hats off to that Guardsman/Guardswoman.

CG duty is tough enough without having to do that.

We had a Coastie (retired) as a member of our game
group for a long time. He is a good guy and a
heck of a painter.

Wish he hadn't had to relocate cross-country.

Skeptic12 Jul 2019 6:15 p.m. PST

Would they really have been able to hear him shouting before he boarded?

Stryderg12 Jul 2019 6:22 p.m. PST

Sounded more like frustration on his part than any hope the sub pilot would hear him.

jdpintex12 Jul 2019 7:42 p.m. PST

Would've been easier all around to just sink it. Although who needs a bunch of high fish?

SouthernPhantom12 Jul 2019 8:02 p.m. PST

Choctaw –

10-4 on your vest loadout. I wore similar on my vest when I lived in Missouri; trouble had a way of finding me there. Between I and my close friends, the rifles and body armor wound up coming out in real-world situations once or twice a year on average.

Oberlindes Sol LIC12 Jul 2019 8:40 p.m. PST

If you sink it, (1) you don't get any intelligence from the boat, cargo, or prisoners, (2) you'll pollute the ocean and possibly innocent beach-goers with whatever the cargo is, and (3) the cargo might actually be something much worse than drugs and you won't know that if you sink it.

Even so, if you can't capture it, you should probably sink it.

Major Mike13 Jul 2019 5:13 a.m. PST

My first thought would be to lob a couple of flashbangs/crashes in front of the boat to make the operator thing you were either shooting at or depth charging him. Yes, you would like to capture the craft for the above indicated reasons. Things like fuel tank size, where the boat was launched, navigation aids and cargo are all important. It is rough on the boarding party if you are using both hands to pull open the hatch and the operator is armed and tries to resist. A boatload of Jihadi's might not go so quietly.


pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2019 1:13 p.m. PST

Lion---hard to see in the pic, but there is flotation gear (or should be). At least it was when I was in the CG. Never did those kind of boarding ops, though!!

Lion in the Stars14 Jul 2019 3:15 p.m. PST

Lion---hard to see in the pic, but there is flotation gear (or should be). At least it was when I was in the CG.

Yes, I agree there really should be, but I'm not seeing it. Could be a belt&suspenders auto-inflatable and one of those new, funky plastic armor plates in the carrier.

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