The Brits are not pulling out the the Western Atlantic/Caribbean

Some of you may have seen reports such as this, that the Royal Navy is ending its warship patrols in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean. This would be significant for the Coast Guard, because of the long and successful cooperation between the Royal Navy and the Coast Guard in drug enforcement in the area.

While it is true that the Royal Navy will no longer send a warship into the area, they still plan to have a presence in the form of an RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary, roughly their equivalent of an MSC ship). This is not all bad. These ships frequently have very good helicopter facilities, they have had some significant successes catching smugglers, and they may be able to do more than a frigate or destroyer in the event of a natural disaster.