USS DOYLE, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Doyle (FFG 39) departed Naval Station Mayport Oct. 2 to conduct counter-illicit trafficking operations (CIT) during a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Southern Command's (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility.
Doyle will conduct CIT operations in the Caribbean, Central and South American region in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) mission to stem the flow of narcotics to the United States and its partners.
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42 (HSL 42) detachment 8 and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) are embarked aboard Doyle in support of the deployment.
In addition to participating in CIT operations, Doyle will visit various ports throughout Central and South America to take part in community relations (COMREL) events and learn first-hand about the variety of cultures and histories of the countries in the region.
"I'm excited to see Central America and go to places that I've never seen or been to before," said Ensign Tyler Maness. "I will get to go where none of my friends or family has been. This will be my first extended deployment, and I'm going to take a lot of pictures to take the great memories with me."
During the CIT operations, Doyle will contribute to the National Drug Control Strategy by disrupting the flow of narcotics. In doing so, Doyle places emphasis on the overall goal to work side-by-side with Central and South American partners, so that the U.S. and partner nations learn from each other, sharing the best practices and proving collective reliability for addressing future maritime challenges.
Doyle is currently deployed under operational control to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F), conducting CIT operations in support of JIATF-S, USSOUTHCOM and U. S. Coast Guard District Seven.
COMUSNAVSO is the naval component command for USSOUTHCOM and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Maritime Strategy, including Theater Security Cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and foreign disaster response, COMREL, and CIT operations.
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