News story: UK leads fight against drugs with £18 million seizure

Australian ship HMAS Darwin has confiscated drugs with an estimated UK street value of around £18 million as part of UK-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150.

The bust was made following a 12-hour operation in which boarding teams found the drugs hidden in the hull of a dhow in the Indian Ocean.

The 6,248-kilogram haul of cannabis resin, also known as hash or hashish, is the largest found in the Indian Ocean to date.

Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Francois, said of the Royal Navy’s fight against drugs:


As the son of a naval veteran, I am proud of the work the Royal Navy does around the world combating the global trade in illicit narcotics.

The hard work and determination of our personnel on these international operations have yielded valuable results, with millions of pounds worth of drugs taken off our streets.

Boarding teams from HMAS Darwin approach the dhow [Picture: Able Seaman Sarah Williams, Royal Australian Navy]

This is the eighth seizure during HMAS Darwin’s current deployment to the Middle East as part of CTF 150. On 23 April, the ship set a new record for the most heroin seized at sea when 1,032kg was discovered on a dhow in international waters off the coast of east Africa.

And, in figures provided by the National Crime Agency, since April, the UK team in command of CTF 150 have overseen the interception and destruction of drugs with an estimated UK street value of over £107 million.

Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Jeremy Blunden, said:


Yet again, HMAS Darwin has delivered an outstanding result. My congratulations to Commander Morrison and his very fine ship’s company who have set new standards for professionalism and teamwork in counter-narcotics activity in the Indian Ocean.

Commodore Jeremy Blunden, Royal Navy (library image) [Picture: Combined Maritime Forces]

The Royal Navy conducts counter-narcotic operations across the globe. In the US, 3 drug runners, caught as part of the work of HMS Argyll in the Caribbean Sea last year, have been sentenced to a combined total of more than 40 years’ imprisonment.

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FOI request pending.....
How much does it cost to deploy a Naval Task Force to catch cannabis smugglers? I'm guessing this will lead to a slight downturn in Chocolate Hob Nob sales for a week but not much else.
 

Yokel

LE
CTF150 is part of the war on terror.
 
FOI request pending.....
How much does it cost to deploy a Naval Task Force to catch cannabis smugglers? I'm guessing this will lead to a slight downturn in Chocolate Hob Nob sales for a week but not much else.
A lot less than having Customs officers at the border and in this case well worth it. But then Customs Officers were drawn from the navy originally
 
Judging by the pong and antics at some of the end of semester dos recently, I reckon it's safe to say there's room for improvement.
 
FOI request pending.....
How much does it cost to deploy a Naval Task Force to catch cannabis smugglers? I'm guessing this will lead to a slight downturn in Chocolate Hob Nob sales for a week but not much else.
Hypothetical question as it's never been done. Catching cannabis smugglers is a spin-off from ships undertaking directed tasks and provides valuable C4I training for them in their warfare roles.
 
Hypothetical question as it's never been done. Catching cannabis smugglers is a spin-off from ships undertaking directed tasks and provides valuable C4I training for them in their warfare roles.
Not strictly true, we have had cutters deployed to do the task in coastal waters for centuries, this is just the expansion of using available tools.
 
Not strictly true, we have had cutters deployed to do the task in coastal waters for centuries, this is just the expansion of using available tools.
Just for clarification:
A. Do you mean a Naval Task Force (as in the original question) or some form of Coast Guard or Customs & Excise agency?
B. Which country do you mean? I was referring to the UK.
 
Yup uk. Navy originally provided sloops as revenue cutters and it was also remit of the Navy to prevent smuggling. Coastguard etc formed part of the same remit. Revenue cutters were given to Cand E when the were formed and Iirc they now belong to Ukbf.
 
Yup uk. Navy originally provided sloops as revenue cutters and it was also remit of the Navy to prevent smuggling. Coastguard etc formed part of the same remit. Revenue cutters were given to Cand E when the were formed and Iirc they now belong to Ukbf.
Fair enough in days of yore and don't forget the RN's role in extinguishing the Atlantic slave trade. However, this still wasn't the RN's main remit and is hardly relevant to a FOI regarding the primary purpose of a Naval Task Force today.
 
That's why I can't find any resin to smoke!
Just wait for any of the commonwealth crew to land in the UK and you'll see availability mysteriously rise.


Possibly.
 

X59

LE
War on drugs?

War on terror?

When will these two suckers realise the game is up and surrender?
 
Fair enough in days of yore and don't forget the RN's role in extinguishing the Atlantic slave trade. However, this still wasn't the RN's main remit and is hardly relevant to a FOI regarding the primary purpose of a Naval Task Force today.
Oh I got a funny feeling it might be rising up the priority chain.
 

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