From Jacques Road to drug bust

Just days after helping Jacques Road residents repair and refurbish their homework and computer centres, HMCS Preserver crew aided in an international drug bust. This news story by highly respected reporter David Pugliese ran on an Ottawa Citizen defence blog yesterday. Read it here.

According to the story, on Oct. 2, the crew assisted the U.S. Coast Guard in seizing 432 kilograms of cocaine after bags were thrown into the water by occupants of an unidentified ship. Here’s an excerpt from the story:

“I am very proud of what we accomplished,” Commander Greg Adamthwaite, Commanding Officer of HMCS Preserver, said in a statement. “It demonstrates the close relationship the sailors and air crew of the Preserver have developed with our embarked U.S. Coast Guard counterparts and the strong partnership we have with our international allies on Operation Caribbe. Our combined skills and professionalism are second to none.”

Earlier the Preserver crew was volunteering in Jamaica, as reported by the The Gleaner, a Jamaican newspaper. They were helping at the Jacques Road homework and computer centres in Mountain View, St. Andrew. Forty sailors took part in that work. The team was also supported by 19 volunteers from the international development organization, CUSO International, and the Jamaica Defence Force, the Gleaner reported.

Pictured on the right is Commander Adamthwaite, who visited Jacques Road while we worked, and the Canadian High Commissioner Robert Ready. Canadian High Commissioner Robert Ready and HMCS Preserver Commander Gregory Adamthwaite

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