JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrews based in Jacksonville performed a flyover of Everbank Field to kick off last Sunday's NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings. CBP Air and Marine Operations P-3 aircrews soared overhead at the conclusion of the national anthem amidst thunderous applause.
"We are honored to be a part of this community in Florida and remain dedicated to serving and protecting the American people," said Director, National Air Security Operations Center - Jacksonville Robert Blanchard. "Air and Marine Operations will continue to support border security efforts with advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities."
CBP Air and Marine Operations interdicts unlawful people and cargo approaching U.S. borders, investigates criminal networks and provides domain awareness in the air and maritime environments, and responds to contingencies and national taskings. Air and Marine Operations employs long range maritime patrol aircraft to conduct long-range aerial patrols and surveillance missions along the U.S. borders and in drug transit zones in Central and South America. P-3 aircrews detect, monitor, and disrupt smuggling activities before they reach shore.
National Air Security Operations Center – Jacksonville operates 3 P-3 Airborne Early Warning and 4 P-3 Long Range Tracker aircraft, capable of performing a wide variety of operational missions, especially those that require long station time overhead, hemispheric range, and missions throughout all weather and environmental conditions.
In Fiscal Year 2015, CBP Air and Marine Operations aircrews contributed to 198 seizure, disruption, or interdiction events in the transit zone, resulting in the interdiction of 213,000 pounds of cocaine.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Florida includes travel and trade facilitation and securing over 1,200 miles of the coastal border. For breaking news and regional updates on CBP Air and Marine Operations follow @CBPFlorida and @CBPCaribbean on Twitter.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.