The guided-missile frigate USS Underwood recovered 49 bales of narcotics from the Caribbean Sea last Friday.
Underwood pursued a speed boat late the previous evening, but the crew dumped its load before Underwood was able to effect a boarding, said the U.S. Southern Command. A Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft flying overheard, reported the crew was dumping packages and crew members of the Underwood marked the position of the debris field in order to locate the packages in daylight.
Underwood recovered approximately 1,225 kilograms of narcotics. The boat is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.