This article is one of a series documenting and analyzing narco-sub incidents and trends. Ref. previous articles from:
May 2016, October 2016, June 2017, March 2018, April 2018, July 2018, August 2018, September 2018, October 2018 & November 2018
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Narco-sub intercepted by USCG
22nd October 2018
Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) intercepted an evolved-converted-speedboat family Low Profile Vessel (LPV) in the Eastern Pacific. Ref. https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4900721/coast-guard-offload-185-tons-cocaine-port-everglades
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New development in Narcosub VSVs
31st October 2018
US Coast Guard Cutter Campbell intercepted a VSV (Very Slender Vessel) narco-sub in the eastern Pacific Ocean. At first glance the design has the unmistakable hallmarks of the 'reduced cockpit' VSV family (see lineage poster): a) it is a crudely finished VSV with a small single-person cockpit centrally at the rear with b) an acutely angled fairing for outboard motors, and C) the hatch opens aft (whereas most other families hinge forward) .
However, it appears to have fixed hydroplanes added near the bow. Although some early LPVs had hydroplanes, this feature is a new development in modern LPVs.
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Second VSV with hydroplanes
18th November 2018
US Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton intercepted a VSV in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Family and modification per 31st October.
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