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Watch a Coastie give zero f*cks as he leaps aboard a moving narco sub and pounds on the hatch
The Coast Guard tends to take more than its fair share of flak for not being as combat focused, aggressive, or militant as the other uniformed services.
Now, Coasties everywhere finally have a perfect response to such nonsense.
A recently published Defense Department video captures crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro as they chase a "self-propelled semi-submersible suspected drug smuggling vessel" (or a narco sub, for short) through international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on June 18.
As the dramatic video shows the crew of the Munro speed after the sub, one of the Coast Guardsmen can be heard yelling in Spanish and ordering the vessel to stop, before turning to his crewmen and saying "that's going to be hard to get on." When the vessel doesn't stop, one of the Coasties decides to literally leap from his moving boat onto the moving narco sub and starts banging on the hatch, as if to say:
"Knock knock, mother fuckers!"
Brass balls on this guy.(U.S. Coast Guard)
The clip, which appears to have been recorded via helmet cam, ends with the narco sub crew opening the hatch, and emerging with their hands in the air.
The footage is from just one of 14 similar drug interdictions that the Munro and two other Coast Guard cutters pulled off between May and July 2019 along the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America, according to a July 11 statement from the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area.
On July 11, the Munro and its crew will offload more than "39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana worth a combined estimated $569 million," in San Diego, California, according to the press release. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro crew interdicts suspected drug smuggling vessel (U.S. Coast Guard)
The Munro's efforts are part of a larger push to combat drug trafficking off the coasts of Central and South America, and involved partnerships between the Departments of Defense, Justice, Homeland Security and federal law enforcement agencies.
The actual boarding operations in the Eastern Pacific are spearheaded by the 11th Coast Guard District, which the Alameda, California-based Munro falls under.
Despite how badass this video may be, it's hard not to be worried about the Coast Guardsman aboard the submarine. After all, if he were to slip and fall into the water, how on earth would he stay afloat with those gigantic brass balls?
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 21-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Raymond Warren was identified using DNA and circumstantial evidence. Warren had been buried in a cemetery in the Gilbert Islands, where he was killed when U.S. forces tried to take secure one of the islands from the Japanese.
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U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former A-10 pilot, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s starting this year.
During a press briefing last week, Air Force officials unveiled plans to start mothballing several older platforms, including retiring some A-10s even as it refits others with new wings.
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Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.
State media heralded the jaunts as important displays of strength in the face of international pressure and the photos of Kim astride a galloping white steed were seen around the world.
North Korea has a long history of buying pricey horses from Russia and customs data first reported by Seoul-based NK News suggests that North Korea may have bolstered its herd in October.
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Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who claimed responsibility on behalf of his group for scores of Taliban attacks, proclaimed his escape on Twitter and then in an audio message sent to Pakistani media earlier this month.
The Pakistani military, which had kept Ehsan in detention for three years, has declined to comment but, asked by reporters about the report, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, said: "That is correct, that is correct."
Shah, a retired brigadier general, added that "you will hear good news" in response to questions about whether there had been progress in hunting down Ehsan.
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A temporary truce beginning on Saturday that would last for one week is seen as a crucial test between the Taliban, U.S., and Afghan governments that would prove all parties to a potential peace deal can control their forces. Defense Secretary Mark Esper declined to confirm the date on Sunday.
"That is a moving date because we are still doing consultations, if you will," Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters.