Tactical Support Center, Roosevelt Roads
Stemming the flow of narcotics is accomplished through collaborative efforts between the squadrons, the Joint Interagency Task Force East (JIATF East) and the Tactical Support Center (TSC) located within the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility (AFWTF). TSC personnel stand watch 24-hours a day, seven days a week, in the effort to stop drugs from entering the United States. They communicate with Navy air assets, gather intelligence and work closely with JIATF East.
Through integration with Joint Inter Agency Task Force East and Commander U. S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Navy aircraft and ships assigned to CTF 40 assist the Coast Guard and other DOD agencies in the detection, monitoring and interdiction of illegal drugs transiting from South America through Central America. In 1999 narcotics seizures in the Caribbean highlighted the role the Navy's Maritime Patrol Aviation and Airborne Early Warning squadrons are playing in stemming the tide of illegal drugs coming from South America to the United States. Vessels, located by patrolling aircraft operating out of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, were boarded on the high seas by law enforcement teams, resulting in the seizure 18,925 pounds of cocaine. Maritime Patrol squadrons (VP) 45 and 92 flying the P-3 Orion, Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 flying the E-2C Hawkeye and the Roosevelt Roads Tactical Support Center (TSC) teamed up with joint forces in the interdiction of cocaine aboard the vessels China Breeze and Castor.
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