Operation is conducted by the Ministry of Defense in the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul
By Agência Marinha de Notícias – Ladário, MS
The 6th Naval District Command started, on July 18, several operational actions on the western border of Mato Grosso (MT) and Mato Grosso do Sul (MS). The actions are part of the Ágata West Joint Operation, conducted by the Ministry of Defense, and count on the participation of the Brazilian Navy (MB – Marinha do Brasil), the Brazilian Army, and the Brazilian Air Force, in cooperation with the various federal and state public security and inspection agencies, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, the Federal Police, the Federal Highway Police, the Federal Revenue Service, the Civil Police, the Military Police, the Environmental Military Police, the State Animal and Plant Health Protection Agencies, and the Border Crimes Suppression Units.
The main purposes of the activities are to contribute to the reduction of cross-border crimes, increase the sense of security of the population living in these locations, and strengthen the interaction between the various participating public security agencies.
The MB is participating with the use of about 460 military personnel, seven ships, six boats for riverine operations, seven rigid hull boats, and two support boats, in Naval Patrol, Patrol and Naval Inspection actions on the waterways of MT and MS. Two aircraft, a Marine Detachment and war dogs are also being used in road blockade and control posts.
After three days of operations carried out by the MB together with other security and inspection agencies, more than 192 vessels were inspected, with several notifications and four seizures. There were also seizures of illegal fishing material and a “pusher boat” that transported illegal cattle. In land actions, carried out on the roads in the region of the operation, 292 vehicles were searched and a refrigerated truck with 1,210 kg of meat unfit for consumption was seized.
Also seized were 1,055 kg of marijuana, in Guaíra (PR), a locality that is also part of the operations. As part of the actions of the Ágata Oeste Joint Operation, the Minister of State of Defense, Paulo Sérgio Nogueira de Oliveira, made an operational visit to the Naval District, in the city of Ladário (MS), to verify the actions being carried out in the Pantanal region. He was accompanied by the Chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces, Army General Laerte de Souza Santos, and an entourage of Generals from the Ministry of Defense and the Forces, who are directly responsible for the military operations.
“This is an extremely important operation for the Armed Forces, in cooperation with the security and inspection agencies. In Ágata we have the opportunity to increase interoperability and interaction among the participants, in favor of the proposed objectives. We have, for example, personnel from various agencies embarked in our naval means and working together in road checkpoints, improving their actions in real situations.”Vice-Admiral Paulo César Bittencourt Ferreira, the Commander of the Naval Component Force
Navy News Agency *** Translated by the DEFCONPress Team***