Smugglers’ semisub busted


Coordination between U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection, and crews from a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion and the frigate USS Dewert (FFG 45), resulted in the seizure of an estimated $352 million of cocaine during an interdicted and boarding operation on a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel in the Eastern Pacific, Sunday, Aug 19. Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Busted. From Navy NewsStand.


  1. Damn, now even the drug runners are more high tech than our Navy. Notice the stealth angles on the top of that sub? Nicely done. What they need is a cavitating design so they could do 100+ mph under water. Now that would be cool. It sounds like it may be more interesting to work for the drug runners than the good guys.

  2. Defens – I hear the pay is great but the retirement plan sucks and they have no patience for basic R&D. But really a super captivating design for smuggling? Your cargo space is going to be limited, maneuverability is suspect, and communication is difficult. The drug lords would be better off paying a stiff bribe to Hugo Chavez, to rent one of his diesel electric subs.

  3. Stealth is nice, but speed is still life. Of course, there is the little thing about that bubble trail that leads all the way to where you are… What do you think those subs are being used for right now?