Primary mission is law enforcement and search and rescue
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter MATINICUS, like the other
six patrol boats based in San Juan, performs a variety of Coast Guard
missions. A primary focus has been the interdiction of illegal
migrants seeking to enter the United States in small, un-seaworthy
wooden boats called yolas. In addition to Alien Migration
Interdiction Operations (AMIO), we conduct anti-drug smuggling patrols,
fisheries law enforcement patrols, and of course are always on standby
for Search and Rescue (SAR).
MATINICUS completed the Coast Guard the Mission Effectiveness Project (MEP), the most cost-effective way to provide equipment upgrades and structural repairs that maintain the core mission effectiveness of selected in-service vessels, in March 2012 and arrived back to the Sector San Juan Area of Operations in April 2012. Since MATINICUS’ return, we have conducted three drug interdictions resulting in $8.5 million of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana seizures, over 125 migrants interdicted and repatriated, and provided law enforcement security zones for two merchant vessels.
MATINICUS has a crew of 18 with a breakdown of 3 officers and 15 enlisted.
Tel. (787) 729 - 4390 / 91