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  • 15 July 2019

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat returned to its Perth homeport on July 14, following a nine-month deployment to the Middle East. The frigate’s 200 officers and sailors worked together with the international Combined Maritime Forces to seize nearly 20 tonnes of illicit drugs worth an estimated AUD$1.41 billion. Ballarat’s illicit drug seizures included approximately […]

  • 4 February 2019

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized more than 2.1 tonnes of hashish and 345 kilograms of heroin in two boarding operations in the Arabian Sea. The Australian Navy said the seizures were worth approximately AU$105 million and AU$103.5 million respectively. The interceptions took place on 28 and 29 January 2019 as part of […]

  • 21 June 2012
    Training & Education

    The crew of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) coordinated efforts with USS Princeton (CG 59), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 75 and the Mexican navy to retrieve 186 bales of marijuana, June 16, which were apparently destined for the United States. “The coordinated response of all hands involved […]

  • 14 July 2020

    The US Navy’s Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) returned to Mayport, Florida, on July 11, following its maiden deployment to the US 4th Fleet area of operations.

  • 15 August 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Royal UK Navy warship HMS Northumberland has carried out a number of boardings of suspect vessels in the Middle East as part of her maritime security patrols in the region.   Working under the command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) on counter-narcotic operations with Combined Task Force 150, teams of Royal Marine and Royal Navy […]

  • 29 January 2019

    US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) seized close to 5 tons of narcotics from a stateless vessel in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden on January 24. Chung-Hoon’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team conducted a flag verification boarding and seized 4,700 kilograms of hashish in the process. This is […]

  • 8 February 2011

    The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is to conduct counter-narcotics patrols of the Caribbean as a result of Ministry of Defence budget cuts, according… [mappress] Source:defencemanagment , February 8, 2011;

  • 9 March 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to Astoria Sunday following a 61-day counter narcotics patrol off the coast of Central and South America. The crew of the 46-year old ship interdicted two suspected smuggling vessels stopping an estimated 2,300 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $28 million. USCGC Alert’s crew also improved […]

  • 23 May 2013
    Training & Education

    HMS Richmond, currently undertaking high intensity training at Flag Officer Sea Training in preparation for her forthcoming deployment, successfully completed yesterday a simulated counter narcotics operation with a multi-million pound drugs seizure. Throughout the exercise HMS Richmond worked in close liaison with the Cape Verde Coastguard Law Enforcement Detachment and representatives from the UK’s Serious […]

  • 1 February 2019

    Just weeks after Royal Navy support ship RFA Mounts Bay embarked US Coast Guard personnel for counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean, the team found their first contraband. The Bay-class ship embarked a Dolphin helicopter from the US Coast Guard’s HITRON – Helicopter Interdiction Tactical squadRON – and its counter-narcotics boarding team, the LEDET (Legal Enforcement DETachment) […]

  • 14 January 2019

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat seized over 3.1 tons of hashish in the Arabian Sea during an operation that took place on January 8 and 9. The seized drugs are worth an estimated $155 million and are the first narcotics seized by a Combined Maritime Forces member in 2019. The fishing vessel, known as a dhow, […]

  • 28 August 2013
    Training & Education

    Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll has just completed an intense period of counter-narcotics operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean before making her way back home to the UK. The Plymouth-based Type-23 frigate worked alongside her US, Canadian and Colombian allies to help deter potential drug traffickers from using the sea to transport their goods. She […]

  • 31 December 2018

    US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) seized almost five tons of hashish from a dhow in the Gulf of Aden on December 27. According to the US Navy, the destroyer made the interception during a flag verification boarding as part of maritime security operations in the region. “We have been conducting maritime security operations […]

  • 28 December 2018

    Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat seized over 900 kilos of heroin in two separate interceptions in the Middle East, the Royal Australian Navy has announced. In two boarding operations on December 21 and 23, the frigate’s crew seized approximately AU$279 million worth of narcotics as part of the ship’s operation Manitou deployment. Ballarat conducted flag verification […]

  • 11 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    British warship HMS Argyll has visited Willemstad, Curacao as part of her six month deployment to the Caribbean. The most capable Type 23 Frigate visited in order to conduct integration meetings with the Dutch regional counter-narcotics headquarters. The ship and headquarters’ staff will work together over the coming weeks to deter the illegal drugs trade […]

  • 15 June 2012
    Training & Education

    A British support ship has made a rare visit to Cuba to discuss the fight against the drugs trade and mark an historic anniversary. Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Rosalie visited Havana to strengthen counter narcotics collaboration work between UK and Cuban authorities. Fort Rosalie was welcomed to the Caribbean capital with a Cuban Navy band […]

  • 22 July 2013

    Following a successful drugs bust on the island of Anguilla, a Royal Navy warship is now fully engaged in her new counter narcotics role. HMS Lancaster, one of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates, recently helped the Royal Anguilla Police Force track down a series of cannabis plantations on the island, which the authorities raided […]

  • 3 April 2013
    Training & Education

    A Royal Navy frigate has been strengthening relations with the Cape Verde Islands by carrying out counter narcotics training drills. As part of a continuing effort by Her Majesty’s Government to support Cape Verde against the trade of illicit narcotics from South America to West Africa, Plymouth based HMS Argyll, spent a week at sea […]

  • 25 April 2016

    The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returned home to Alameda on Friday, 22nd of April, after seizing $329 million in cocaine during a successful 95-day counter narcotics deployment. The 126-person Alameda-based crew of the Cutter Bertholf interdicted nine smuggling vessels, detained 22 suspected narcotraffickers, and seized over 20,000 pounds of illegal narcotics […]

  • 23 October 2013
    Training & Education

    HMS Lancaster has returned to counter narcotics patrols in the Caribbean Sea following a stopover in Curacao for the island’s national day. Lancaster sailed into the city of Willemstad, on the Dutch administered island, following another successful counter narcotics patrol that saw her seize a vast amount cocaine and marijuana. Her visit to Curacao coincided […]

  • 3 September 2013
    Training & Education

    These dramatic images show Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Wave Knight sailing alongside the US Coastguard cutter Forward 911 and her helicopter while on her North Atlantic deployment. The aircraft came aboard Wave Knight for a flying exercise as USCGC Forward (of Portsmouth, Virginia) made a port stop. After a short time on board, the helicopter […]

  • 16 January 2013

    A support ship to the Royal Navy has set sail for the West Coast of North America on a counter narcotics and disaster relief patrol for the next six months. Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Wave Knight left Portland to take up the task of the UK’s Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North), a year round commitment […]

  • 23 August 2013
    Training & Education

    The Plymouth-based Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll has left her South Atlantic patrol and is the way home through the Panama Canal. Sailing two seas in one day – the 50-mile long canal allows ships to sail between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in just ten hours and the crew took the time to improve […]

  • 26 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Boarding party teams of the Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class frigate HMAS Darwin recently sharpened their counter-terrorism skills as the ship begins maritime patrols in the Middle East region with Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). During Darwin’s stopover in Bahrain, the Australian sailors conducted a week of “visit, board, search and seizure” (VBSS) tactics training. The fast paced combination of classroom […]

  • 26 January 2016

    The youngest of the original batch of Royal Navy’s River class offshore patrol vessels, HMS Mersey, has made her first port of call on her first deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean. HMS Mersey left her home base of Portsmouth, UK at the beginning of the month to start her long transit to the Caribbean where […]

  • 22 July 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Two Plymouth based Type 23 frigates have met up in the Caribbean while deployed on operations.   HMS Argyll and HMS Portland met off the coast of Puerto Rico to transfer essential stores and took the opportunity to conduct ship manoeuvring training. HMS Argyll is at the start of her six month APT(N) deployment to […]

  • 27 August 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    HMS Argyll has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of £21 million after a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean. After receiving information that a suspicious-looking vessel had been spotted by a Maritime Patrol Aircraft, HMS Argyll, which is on counter-narcotic operations in the region, deployed to intercept it. Once she […]

  • 5 October 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    A local US Coast Guard cutter has returned to Port Angeles following a successful 50-day counter-narcotics patrol off the Pacific coast of Central America. During the patrol, the 65-person crew of Coast Guard Cutter Active interdicted three suspected smuggling vessels, detained nine suspects, and seized more than 4,500 pounds of cocaine valued at over $68 million. […]

  • 25 February 2014

    The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Naval Support Ship RFA Wave Knight has seized cocaine with an estimated wholesale value of £8.5 million in her second successful counter narcotics operation within three weeks.   While on patrol in the Caribbean Sea on the 11th of February the crew of Wave Knight detected a suspect speedboat operating in […]