See here. Commodore Keith Winstanley, Commander of Royal Navy forces in the Gulf, said: "The scourge of illegal drugs is one of the gravest threats to the long-term security of Afghanistan, and a vital source of funding for the Taliban warlords who seek violence against Afghan, British and Nato forces. "Our mission in Afghanistan is one of absolute importance and by seizing these drugs, we have dealt a significant blow to the illegal trade. News of these successes has been kept quiet for operational reasons, but I am delighted that the tremendous efforts can now be recognised." He said coalition forces had seized more than 30 tonnes of illegal drugs over the past five months - with more than 70 per cent as a result of Royal Navy interceptions. HMS Chatham and HMS Montrose worked with the Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Edinburgh in the operations. They were supported by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary helicopter support ship Argus and her Sea King aircraft. Sailors and Royal Marines from the ships discovered hidden drugs while they were often operating in the most unpleasant conditions. Commodore Winstanley stressed that coalition forces had worked together, and said tactical command at sea had been overseen by Pakistani, French and Canadian task force commanders. Commander Martin Connell, commanding officer of HMS Chatham, said the result was "really positive", but said it was all in a day's work for the crew. "We managed to locate the vessel and then conduct a very unpleasant boarding in demanding conditions," he said. "My sailors and Marines did an outstanding job in managing to locate six tonnes of illegal narcotics plus other significant intelligence."