May 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – On May 23, in the south of the western Mediterranean basin, 7 tons of cannabis resin distributed in more than 230 packages were seized. This operation, conducted by French Customs with the support of the Navy, was carried out under the coordination of the Maritime Prefecture.
“A beautiful operation that had not taken place in the Mediterranean for a long time! It is the fruit and the demonstration of the regular cooperation of the Customs and the Navy. Congratulations to the sailors and customs officers who made it, at sea and in the air. Vice Admiral Charles-Henri du Ché, Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean.
With the support of the Patrolman of the High Seas (PHM) Commander Birot, Jean-François Deniau, patrolman of the French customs, boarded a stunt carrying the narcotics. Detection of the boat and its follow-up until its interception were provided by a Beechcraft KA350 aircraft from the French customs. A mixed team of customs and seafarers boarded the intercepted craft. The Martin master, PHM’s bridge watchdog, explains his role during the operation “I then ensured the geographical positioning of Commander Birot to be permanently in range of the intercepted craft. This made it possible to put the boat launching teams in the best position with respect to the elements (wind, sea, etc.). “. For Lieutenant Commander Leroy, Commander of the PHM, “It is a great pride to see a crew of sailors and customs officers acting in this way. And emphasizes that “all the training conducted to achieve this result paid off. ”
During the operation, aerial surveillance was also provided by two Navy aircraft: a Falcon 50 and an Atlantic 2.
Jean-François Deniau then transferred the narcotics seized and PHM Commander Birot towed the boat to the Toulon military port where they docked on Saturday 25 May.