This is the first time authorities in Europe have intercepted one of these vessels, which have been a staple in Latin American drug smuggling
Spanish authorities have successfully recovered a so-called narco submarine that they seized in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the country’s Galacia region this past weekend. This is the first time any country in Europe has seized one of these smuggling vessels and it’s not entirely clear how it made the thousands-of-miles-long journey from Latin America.
Though commonly referred to as narco submarines, the vast majority of these vessels, which have been steadily improving in size and capability since the 1990s, are not fully submersible. Vessels like the one Spanish authorities captured are more appropriately described as self-propelled semi-submersibles (SPSS) or low-profile vessels (LPV).
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