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  • 23 September 2015

    The US Coast Guard and US Customs and Border Protection interdicted approximately 15000 pounds of cocaine off the coast of Mexico on August 31. A CBP Office of Air and Marine P-3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft tracked the 50-foot self-propelled semi-submersible vessel while on routine patrol in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The […]

  • 11 December 2015

    The Royal Navy has carried out its second drugs bust in the Mediterranean in just two weeks with HMS St Albans seizing around 320kg of cannabis. The Type 23 frigate stopped the drug smugglers during a routine security patrol and prevented around £1 million worth of narcotics reaching European markets. It is the second drugs […]

  • 8 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The Royal Navy’s drug busting warship HMS Argyll is heading home for Christmas having dealt another blow to the drugs trade in the North Atlantic. The frigate has been deployed for six months and the final nine weeks of this have been spent on highly successful counter narcotics operations in the Caribbean. In total the […]

  • 20 December 2018

    After making two narcotics interceptions in late November and early December, Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dragon has now carried out the largest drug haul in the history of the Bahrain-based Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). According to CMF, Dragon seized and destroyed just shy of 10,000 kg of illegal narcotics, worth an estimated £35 million pounds locally, from […]

  • 17 September 2014

    The US Coast Guard’s highest ranking officer made a surprise visit to Cutter Bertholf Tuesday to recognize a Coast Guardsman for his role in two drug busts off the Colombia coast.   The Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft recognized Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Baasch, a gunner’s mate aboard the Cutter Bertholf, […]

  • 23 December 2014

    USS Gary (FFG 51), with embarked Helicopter Squadron Light (HSL) 49, Det. 4, and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) seized approximately 580 kilograms of cocaine in international waters off the coast of Central America, Nov. 17. Gary and embarked units are conducting operations in support of Operation Martillo. A Navy maritime patrol aircraft […]

  • 4 June 2014

    HMS Somerset and HMAS Darwin, the two top naval crime fighters in the Indian Ocean have met and shared their experiences of half a dozen drugs busts.   Between them they have accounted for seizing £240m of illegal narcotics in the past two months. The duo, directed by a Royal UK Navy-led task force, have […]

  • 5 July 2016

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Wave Knight recently took over Caribbean patrol duties from Royal Navy offshore patrol vessel HMS Mersey which spent six months in the region. The two ships met in the mid-Atlantic where the captain and senior officers from RFA Wave Knight headed across to Mersey, where Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Richard Hewitt briefed them […]

  • 5 March 2019

    Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon has seized over 2,000 kg of hashish in her sixth drugs bust in three months. The Portsmouth-based warship seized the hashish just days after seizing 49 kilos of heroin. The suspect vessel was spotted by the warship’s Wildcat helicopter during a night-time sortie. After closing in on the […]

  • 12 April 2019

    Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon returned to Portsmouth on April 12, completing seven months of drug-busting action in the Middle East. During her time at sea, Dragon carried out eight successful raids on drugs smugglers, capturing narcotics worth an estimated £145 million. HMS Dragon deployed from Portsmouth on September 17, 2018, and has […]

  • 10 February 2014

    On 7 February 2014, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigate HMAS Melbourne conducted a second drug bust during a boarding operation on a vessel suspected of transporting illicit cargo off the coast of Tanzania. During the operation the frigate’s crew seized 190 kilograms of heroin of around $AU380 million dollars of estimated street value.   […]

  • 21 August 2017

    The crew of Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth have completed a five-month deployment to the Gulf and Indian ocean where they contributed to fight against arms and drugs smugglers. The UK and France commanded a multinational naval task force which has scored eight drugs busts over the period, seizing 1.75 tonnes of narcotics worth nearly […]

  • 11 November 2016

    A Royal Marines sniper fired shots at a drug-smuggling go-fast vessel to bring a six-hour, high speed chase to a halt. The go-fast was carrying more than £40m of cocaine and initially did not respond to warning shots fired from a Lynx helicopter embarked aboard RFA Wave Knight. A Royal Marine in the back of the helicopter thereafter shot […]

  • 7 February 2014

     HMAS Melbourne has intercepted a shipment of 353 kilograms of what is believed to be heroin during a boarding operation on a suspected drug smuggling dhow off the coast of Tanzania on Wednesday, 5 February 2014.   The drugs are said to be worth $706 million Australian dollars, circa USD 626 million. The ship received […]

  • 16 August 2012
    Training & Education

    The drug and pirate-busting Merlin helicopter of HMS Westminster is safely back home in Culdrose after seven months making a ‘tangible’ difference in the Indian Ocean. 02 Flight – callsign Red Bull – played a key role in three pirate busts and one drug smuggling take-down, four of the most eventful of the 150 missions […]

  • 14 May 2013
    Training & Education

    Seven months of pirate-busting in the Indian Ocean are over for 14 air and ground crew of 829 Naval Air Squadron as they flew home to Culdorse. 05 Flight flew more 150 missions from frigate HMS Northumberland and thwarted drug runners delivering over £5m cannabis when their Merlin helicopter intercepted two fast boats. Back in the […]

  • 18 December 2013

    Portsmouth-based warship HMS Lancaster returned home to the cheers of hundreds of loved ones in Portsmouth yesterday (December 18) following a successful drug-busting deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean. HMS Lancaster spent seven months in the region, seizing drugs with a total street value of £160m. During six raids the ship intercepted 1.2 tonnes […]

  • 10 December 2013

    A Spanish Navy patrol boat has collaborated with the Police in an anti-drug operation in Atlantic Ocean waters, 500 miles off the Canary Islands, consisting in the seizure of the vessel ‘Tritón 2000’ with an important shipment of drugs. The vessel was boarded by a Police Special Operations team operating from the Spanish Navy patrol […]

  • 13 September 2013

    The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Naval Support Ship RFA Wave Knight has again been in action against Caribbean narcotic traffickers resulting in another successful take-down of a suspect fishing vessel. In a multi-agency operation involving UK and US assets, a suspected vessel, Miss Tiffany, was detected in the Central Caribbean and a decision taken to launch […]

  • 28 April 2013
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Russian Law Enforcement Officials Denied Secret Video in Submarine Disaster Trial Russian law enforcement officials denied on Tuesday the existence of an alleged “secret” video showing what happened during a fatal accident on the Russian Navy’s Nerpa nuclear attack submarine in November 2008, in which 20 people died. Peene Shipyard Delivers Coast Guard Vessel to […]

  • 18 June 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Nearly a tonne of heroin has been seized in a series of busts in the Indian Ocean – made possible by the use of the Royal Navy’s cutting edge technology. Six boats carrying narcotics were boarded off the east coast of Africa and their cargoes seized by an international task force which included British frigate […]

  • 14 March 2014

    Though drug interdiction looms large among U.S. Southern Command’s responsibilities, it isn’t the only national security role filled by the command, the Southcom commander of the US Navy told media representatives at the Pentagon.   Engagement with the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and running the Guantanamo naval base and prison in Cuba […]

  • 12 March 2014

    In a combined French and Australian operation, naval ships seized and destroyed almost 650 kilograms of cannabis resin hidden aboard a smuggling skiff in the Red Sea.   After HMAS Darwin intercepted the skiff, her boarding party discovered the cannabis resin in 120 plastic packages concealed in hessian bags labelled ‘Basmati Rice’. The skiff was […]

  • 18 February 2014

    The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Melbourne is on a winning streak in its battle against illicit drug-trafficking, this time in partnership with the Pakistani Naval Ship (PNS) Alamgir. Both ships are deployed on patrol in the Indian Ocean under tasking to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).   The crews of the two navies have seized […]

  • 9 March 2016

    Dutch Navy’s HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën, in collaboration with the Caribbean Coast Guard, intercepted around 600 kilos of cocaine north of the Venezuelan coast, March 5. The intervention came shortly after the frigate’s first bust on its Caribbean deployment when the ship captured more than 400 kilograms of marijuana. This time, drugs were seized from two Venezuelan […]

  • 27 January 2020
    Authorities, Vessels

    On January 18, less than two weeks after its first drug bust of 2020, French frigate Courbet (F 712) made the second drug bust while operating in direct support of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). As informed, over 3,000 kg of hashish was discovered on the dhow in the Gulf of Oman, with an […]

  • 17 April 2012

    £14m of drugs used to fund terrorist activity will never reach their destination thanks to a major bust by HMS Westminster. The Portsmouth-based warship intercepted a suspicious dhow in the Indian Ocean, seizing over 70 bales containing more than 180kg of pure heroin. The Portsmouth-based frigate pounced with her Merlin helicopter and combined Royal Marines […]

  • 18 June 2012
    Training & Education

    Although Russian defense minister Anatoly Serdiukov is still going to equip Russian warships with British-made furniture, its manufacturer… (rusnavy) [mappress] Source: Russian Navy, June 18, 2012; Image: strongbox

  • 28 November 2012
    Training & Education

    RFA Argus broke off from drug-busting duties in the Caribbean to deliver disaster relief aid to Jamaicans so they can repair more than 70 schools damaged by Superstorm Sandy last month. Although the local authorities dealt with the immediate aftermath of the storm, Argus carries also supplies which can help with the longer-term rebuilding process […]