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    HITRON History Series: Joe Baker, Capt. USCG (Ret)

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    Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Stanton  

    U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area

    In this documentary series, we spoke with Joe Baker, Capt. USCG (Ret). Baker was the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron commanding officer from 2009 to 2011.

    Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron operations started as an experiment in 1998 to halt the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S. Drug trafficking organizations primarily used “go-fast” boats, high-speed smuggling vessels capable of traveling over twice the speed of Coast Guard cutters. The Coast Guard needed a way to counter the threat.

    In late 1998, six Coast Guard pilots and four enlisted aircrew members developed tactics and procedures to utilize armed helicopters operating aboard Coast Guard cutters to answer the call.

    HITRON helicopters operate in known smuggling vectors and rely on expertly trained aircrews and precision marksmen to disable go-fast drug smuggling vessels in the event suspects refuse to comply with verbal and visual warnings for law enforcement boardings under international maritime law. This series focuses on the founding members, pioneers, and stakeholders who have played an essential part in HITRON's history.

    Interview by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Hodges
    Edited by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Hodges



    Date Taken: 04.07.2021
    Date Posted: 04.07.2021 17:40
    Category: Series
    Video ID: 789862
    VIRIN: 210407-G-XX113-131
    Filename: DOD_108270129
    Length: 00:02:32
    Location: PORTSMOUTH, VA, US 

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