Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and is responsible for providing realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

USS Curts enroute for a port visit in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

By Lt.j.g. Monconjay Woewiyu, USS Curts Public Affairs Officer

AT SEA – The guided-missile frigate USS Curts (FFG 38), will arrive in Puerto Vallarta Nov. 28 for a scheduled port visit, after concluding a six-month deployment in the Fourth Fleet Area of Responsibility in support of Operation Martillo.

Operation Martillo, Spanish for Hammer, is an anti-narcotic operation whose goal is to disrupt and seize illicit drug flow from Central and South America into Mexico and the U.S.

Curts seized nearly two metric tons of cocaine, worth a street value of $140 million, and scuttled seven drug trafficking vessels during Operation Martillo.

Curts is commanded by Cmdr. Fermin Espinoza, a first generation American with Mexican roots.

“Being that my veins run with Mexican-American blood, our stop in Puerto Vallarta has a very special significance for me,” said Espinoza. “I feel extremely honored to be with both my countries: Mexico, from which my parents and all my ancestors are from, and the U.S., the country which watched me come into the world and has me where I am today. The privilege of being in Mexico while in command of a U.S. warship is proof of the strong connection that our two countries share.”

Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and is responsible for providing realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

To learn more about USS Curts, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ffg38/Pages/default.aspx.

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