There is such an American series, NCIS, in our translation, "Naval Police: Special Unit." It has been going on for 17 seasons and is not going to end yet, has a couple of spin-off TV shows, etc. The series itself is somewhat similar to the well-known CSI. NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service, i.e. the Navy's Criminal Investigation Service (or Naval Criminal Investigation Service). But it's not about the series, but about real life and real problems of the US Navy.
NCIS and what it is eaten with
NCIS investigates crimes against US sailors as well as crimes committed by the sailors themselves, but those punishable by a prison term of 1. The Navy's guiding documents identify the following key priorities for the NCIS process activities: combating the international terrorist threat against the U.S. Navy, military counterintelligence in the U.S. Navy, investigating serious crimes of U.S. Navy personnel. NCIS military investigators and counterintelligence conduct all investigative and procedural actions in criminal cases, including those related to terrorist attacks and drug trafficking cases in the area of responsibility of naval forces on world military operations, with military and military-political espionage against the US Navy, with IT crimes and with the security issues of personnel of the Navy and civil servants and their families.
About half of the NCIS personnel are civilian civilian employees of the Navy, who have special procedural and investigative training related to the specifics of the military legal service. NCIS employees as employees of the military process sphere constantly coordinate their activities with those of other US law enforcement agencies. The NCIS includes independent analytical units, including an independent Navy forensic medical examination department, an external surveillance service, a counterintelligence department (CRO), an information and computer service, an internal security department, etc.
The real NCIS is working a lot on directing the non-fun sailors of the Navy to the true path, and there is no end to this work. We will not talk here about theft, gouging, negligence and other diseases, probably of any army and any kind of troops. The only question is to keep these phenomena within, and if it does not succeed, it turns out the African or Ukrainian army. This will focus on one topic - the NCIS fight against drugs in the Navy, and only a few cases in recent times.
At the end of October, on the basis of an investigation conducted by NCIS detectives, two 2 class petty officers from the US Navy San Diego Pacific Fleet were convicted. These were Casey Balauski, an 2 class maintenance technician, and Tyler Farley, an 2 class internal communications technician. Both received prison sentences for drug trafficking at the naval base (the first received 36, the second 24 months of imprisonment), both were dismissed from the Navy, and Farley also received a “whole” 250 fine. The detectives revealed a minimum of 45 of their colleagues who bought them "dope" for 2 years. The investigation was mainly based on texts from instant messengers and SMS on the phones of the accused.
One of the dealers had a list of clientele on the phone. A minimum of 27 people from the crew of their ship (this is the UXP “Essex” type “Uosp”), dozens of sailors from other ships (3 from the cruiser URO “Lake Erie”, 3 from the DVD “San Diego”, 4 from the DDT “Harpers-Ferry” ", as well as from the DTD" Arlington "," John P. Murtha ", destroyers URO" Decatur "and" Paul Hamilton and from the cruiser URO "Kaupens"), as well as from coastal services, reserve fleets and three marines from a neighboring base ILC Camp Pendleton. There was one more character from the destroyer URO “Milius”, which was marked on the dealer’s phone as “a guy from the ship’s law and order”. The "geography" of supplies was extensive; a couple of landing assaults with an escort would be enough. According to the nomenclature of supplies, the guys were also fine - cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, acid, LSD, and even hallucinogenic mushrooms. Judging by the fact that many drug addicts bought substances from them in fairly decent quantities and in assortment, they simply resold part of the received in their crews.
Detectives note in the report that one, for example, a corporal sent one of the dealers a photo of the “track” poured from cocaine with the caption “the best and correct way to prepare for the day at work”, either demonstrating the handling of the received “goods”, or for Reminders to buy more. Others used allegorical slang expressions, we do not understand. One even wrote about a “trip along the Path of Rock Potato Chips Trail” (there is such a tourist attraction in the vicinity of San Diego), hinting at the need to get cocaine, and to one of the customers the dealer himself wrote that he “accidentally stumbled” on hallucinogenic mushrooms during walks, they say, is it necessary?
Dealers themselves and a number of customers denied their guilt, but after presenting them with texts and a number of other facts, they "split." Although facts such as “letting the winds” by one of the detainees out of fear or the fact that one continued to lock up, claiming that texts “for fun” were sent from one of his crewmates from his phone, were noted in the report. It is interesting that, although all the "heroes of the fleet" indicated in the report were from a junior composition, the title of one of the buyers in the report was lost, it was probably an officer.
The most interesting thing is that, according to the report, none of the buyers (and resellers) were punished or dismissed from the fleet with shame. And the ban due to failure to fulfill the contract to elect and hold positions in government agencies, as in "democratic America" is accepted, which our liberals really do not like to remember. This is in “totalitarian” Russia dismissed from the RF Armed Forces for “non-fulfillment of the terms of the contract” (which happens not so often, dismissing in this way is much more difficult, and not every commander will load himself with additional writing, even if he is angry with a soldier or officer) sometimes and vice versa take, say, in the newly formed parts and compounds.
They write that the commander of UDC "Essex" was notified of the investigation, but refused to authorize further investigation of the case on the ship, and the naval prosecutor supported him. Apparently, they were afraid that the thread would stretch further and higher? The commanders of the other ships did likewise, and they were also supported by the prosecutor's office. Just think, addicts in the crew - you need to "understand, forgive." At the same time, the fleet command maintains that the fleet remains committed to "zero tolerance for drugs."
It would seem, well, what is 47 man? Even if they were all from the same ship, the UDC "Essex", then there is a crew of 1100 people, this is not even 10% of the total. Trivia! But we must not forget that the command simply covered further "excavations". And this is not the last case even in recent times.
If you read fluently naval resources like the "Navy Times", then there will be many such cases, even if you do not dig into the links further. A few examples. In mid-summer, Daniel Van Dyck, an 3-class information systems specialist (pictured looking like a typical "IT bespectacled" uniform), was detained for distributing drugs on the same San Diego naval base. The Champion sailor from a minesweeper bought somewhere in Queens, New York via the Internet and booked ecstasy with hundreds of grams and sold it at the base. So, only for a week in late November and early December 2018. the "trawler" put on the base 384 g ecstasy and 94 "check" LSD for distribution. He faces up to 15 years, the deprivation of all payments and benefits and dismissal with shame from the Navy. But nothing is said about those to whom he sold, and whether they themselves were dealers "dope" in their crews. By the way, this bespectacled van Dyck was even awarded for excellent service and has a "medal for the fight against global terrorism." Well, with American global state terrorism he fought to the best of his ability, there is no dispute.
In mid-September, NCIS detained in the same San Diego sailor with the UDC "Makein Island" (helicopter wing of the ship, a specialist in helicopter maintenance) Jean-Marc Rivercaban for drug dealerships in the crew and at the base. He served with 2016, first at the new UDC "America" (which, between us, and not the UDC came out at all - he does not have a docking chamber), then he was transferred. Apparently, he distributed it there, but there is no information in the case. The assortment used and distributed by the brave aircraft technician makes an impression: cocaine, heroin, morphine, LSD, marijuana, fentanyl, as well as oxycodone, hydrocodone and xanax. What is this all about? The guy was clearly “one of those who love life” ... in all its manifestations. About how much the drug dealer faces, is not reported. No detentions or punishments were made for those who bought from him, but bought a lot.
At the end of spring, charges were brought to investigate the NCIS and three members of the Lemur Navy air base, in the same place, in California. Three technicians and air shooters were accused of self-fabricating (!) And distributing LSD base among the personnel. They also bought "acid" baby candy from an "unidentified Navy employee" (not the first case in the California military units related to the spread of "acid" in this way). By the way, all three were from different units - the shooter was from a helicopter squadron, and the other two were from different fighter squadrons with Super Hornets. And again - no data on the punishment or dismissal of those who bought from them.
Submarine addicts with officer epaulets
Maybe this is all happening only in California, which the Americans themselves consider the "crazy state", and the Californians - snickering and nuts? No, this is happening on both US fleets, although the Pacific here are clearly in the lead (either they catch more, or they come across more). God be with them, with the sailors, surface sailors from San Diego. Their healthy troughs and planes with helicopters at the base have nothing to do with nuclear arms, since TNW in the US Navy has long been absent as a class. Just the other day came another news, now from Washington State, with Kitsap-Bangor naval base, one of two Ohio-class naval SSBNs.
This time they caught submariners, and with SSBNs, and all of them were officers. Addicts in officer uniforms served on the SSBN "Pennsylvania" SSBN "Michigan" and another boat of the same class. Ranks are known only in three - all three were lieutenants, and positions are unknown. The accusations are the same - the use and distribution of hard drugs (in particular, heroin). I wonder if these six had access to the nuclear power plants of their ships or to the Trident-2 D5 SLBMs? Interestingly, but among their buyers there were no senior officers? And this is not an isolated case!
The question is not in the prestige or prestige of the service
Once, in one of the articles here I had a chance to consider the situation with discipline (more precisely, with a mess), in particular, with drunkenness, drug addiction and massive violation of instructions in the ranks of the US Air Force missile wings (with ICBM Minuteman-3) and the reasons for this . Since then, the situation there has not improved; scandals occur on all three missile bases regularly. But the situation with the US Air Force rocketers is clear - the service there is considered extremely prestigious, unpromising. And in general, who got to serve in the mines, he is a loser for this life, because instead of a beautiful service at an airport somewhere in Europe or Japan, you vegetate in a bear den somewhere in the wilderness of the United States. In vain the Americans made the rocket launchers a part of the Air Force, it was necessary to have a separate branch of the armed forces or a kind of armed forces, like ours. But service in the US Navy has always been prestigious! And references to "the end of a career, hopelessness and hopelessness" here clearly do not pass. So the sailors “expand” clearly not because of this, but simply because they want and like it.
Of course, drunks, drug addicts, and simply unbalanced idiots can serve in any army, because they come there because of the fences of military units, "from the citizen," and like a fisherman can’t catch all the fish, so are all "negative" frames cannot be captured during selection. It is important that this is all within some framework. When drug addicts are already dealing with nuclear weapons, this is already beyond.
NCIS, of course, is trying to do its job, and they are doing it, as we see, but they are clearly not allowed to act in full force, despite allegations of intolerance to drugs. Perhaps the command is afraid that there will be so many “Nariks” that the shortage on ships and in parts of the Navy will be aggravated too much?