On Friday, the Ecuadorian Navy tall ship Guayas provided a rare, real-world educational experience to new cadets on an international training cruise. In what may be the first occurrence of its kind since the end of the days of sail, the Guayas intercepted and detained a low-profile smuggling boat on the high seas, capturing four suspects.
At a position between the Colombian and Ecuadorian EEZs, the Guayas encountered and stopped a low-profile vessel equipped with three outboard engines. Improvised, handmade low-profile vessels are frequently used by transnational criminal organizations to transport cocaine in the Eastern Pacific; they have a multi-ton carrying capacity and a minimal radar cross-section. Read on.