US Coast Cutter returns home after seizing 3 tons of cocaine January 16, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Cutter returns home after seizing 3 tons of cocaine View post tag: USCGC Tahoma The crew of U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tahoma returned to homeport on January 13 with over three tons of cocaine seized during a 49-day patrol.Homeported in Kittery, Maine, Tahoma’s crew conducted drug interdiction efforts, strategically intercepting and boarding suspected smuggling vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.During the latest mission, USCGC Tahoma intercepted and seized four open-hulled outboard powered panga-style fishing vessels illegally transporting contraband. The crew confiscated approximately 3,130 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $90 million.In order to optimize the law enforcement readiness and operational effectiveness, Tahoma’s crew embarked and employed an armed helicopter detachment from Jacksonville, Florida’s Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON). The crew also worked alongside United States and international partner agencies to detect and prosecute these cases.Of the crew’s four seizures, three occurred within a five-day span over the Christmas holiday. Each case required a high-speed chase by the Tahoma’s pursuit boat teams and use of the armed helicopter to disable the engines of fleeing suspect vessels.In total, the 270-foot medium-endurance cutter and its 90-plus member crew traveled over 11,500 nautical miles in support of the Coast Guard’s Western Hemisphere Strategy and Joint Interagency Task Force South initiatives. View post tag: US Coast Guard Share this article Authorities View post tag: Cocaine
Hovis has appointed its first innovation director to lead the brand’s NPD programme. Sharon Barraclough has joined the company from Telefonica UK, where she held the position of head of brand and marketing strategy and was responsible for developing a new brand strategy for O2 in the UK. She also has experience of the food industry as a former European brand director for Western Europe at Mars Chocolate and head of marketing at Manor Bakeries, where she also focused on growth and NPD.Barraclough will now be tasked with helping Hovis to drive category growth with new products.Nish Kankiwala, executive chairman, said: “Sharon joins us at an incredibly exciting time and we feel privileged to have her on board our journey. Innovation is absolutely critical to Hovis and forms an integral part to our growth strategy. Sharon’s wealth of experiences in delivering ambitious and innovative business and marketing strategies will assist Hovis in continuing to lead the bread market with category-first initiatives.“Sharon is an ambitious and entrepreneurial marketer with a passion for innovation and we’re excited to have her on board during this exciting new chapter for the business.”Tim Stoller began as Hovis’ first convenience director in April, while the company continues its search for a chief executive to replace Bob Spooner, who resigned his post last October to take up an opportunity abroad, and also for a chief financial officer following Michael Kennedy’s departure in January this year.