Military Capabilities

SOUTHCOM commander stresses need for more naval, aerial assets

24 May 2019

US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) needs additional platforms to properly carry out its multiple missions, according to Admiral Craig Faller, the new SOUTHCOM commander.

“We need more ships [and] we need more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets,” the admiral said during a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) hearing earlier this month, explaining that the aerial and naval platforms are needed to improve SOUTHCOM’s abilities to combat maritime drug trafficking in its area of operations.

The SOUTHCOM commander testified the US Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) presence “on any given day is six to eight cutters”, and said SOUTHCOM will receive its first Littoral Combat Ship in the third quarter to help with interdiction operations.

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