FS Nivôse Indian Ocean Heroin Bust

Within a month of joining Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150), the French frigate, Nivôse, has seized 251 kilograms of heroin in the latest success for the Marine Nationale in the Indian Ocean. The ship, whose home base is in the French overseas department of Réunion, is currently conducting operations in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). CMF is an enduring global maritime partnership of 32 nations aligned in common purpose to conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in order to provide security and stability in the maritime environment. On 8…

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HMAS Warramunga Middle East Completes Mission

Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, today announced HMAS Warramunga is returning to Australia after a highly successful Royal Australian Navy (RAN) deployment to the Middle East Region. Minister Payne said that during the seven-and-a-half month deployment, the Australian warship intercepted 16 vessels carrying illicit narcotics, seizing a total of around 31.8 tonnes of hashish and two tonnes of heroin valued at approximately $2.17 billion.* “This is the largest cumulative total ever seized by an Australian Major Fleet Unit,” Minister Payne said. “I would like to thank the men…

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HMAS Warramunga interdicts eleventh narcotics haul

Building on her already successful Operation MANITOU deployment, HMAS Warramunga has seized and disposed of 295 kilograms of heroin valued at about $88.5 million while patrolling waters in the Arabian Sea on 10 May 2018. The illicit narcotics interdiction is Warramunga’s 11th seizure in the seven months since deploying to the region in November 2017, and has further disrupted the flow of terrorist funding in the Middle East. Warramunga’s illicit drug interceptions now total 19.5 tonnes of hashish and almost 2 tonnes of heroin, valued at approximately $1.56 billion. These regular seizures have…

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New heroin seizure for FS La Fayette

Google Translation The stealthy frigate La Fayette seized 260 kg of heroin on May 11 in the Indian Ocean. Placed under the operational control of the commander of the Indian Ocean Maritime Zone (Alindian), the frigate was in direct support of Combined Task Force 150 , a naval task force fighting the Indian Ocean terrorist networks. With the help of a Falcon Marine and his Panther helicopter , the frigate La Fayette located the dhow and then interrogated by VHF. In the absence of consistent responses and identifiable flag, the…

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FS La Fayette Seizes 413 Kilos of Heroin in the Indian Ocean

On April 11, French frigate La Fayette seized more than 400kg of heroin. Under operational control of the commander of the Indian Ocean Maritime Zone, Rear Admiral Piaton, the frigate has been deployed since the end of March in direct support of Combined Task Force 150, a naval task force fighting the terrorist networks in the Indian Ocean. Thanks to the daily intelligence work carried out by the Alindien staff and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a dhow suspected of trafficking in drugs was identified and prosecuted by La Fayette…

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CTF 150’s FS Jean de Vienne Siezes More than 1,160 Pounds of Heroin

French destroyer Jean de Vienne secured their second drug seizure this year in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, March 25. A total of 1,160 pounds of heroin was seized during an operation in the international waters of the Arabian Sea. Jean de Vienne’s seizure is the tenth for CTF150 since January this year; which together with HMAS Warramunga and PNS Aslat totals in excess of 22 tons of narcotics seized. The Jean de Vienne’s Lynx helicopter was conducting routine surveillance in the international waters of the Arabian Sea…

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Australia-New Zealand Indian Ocean operation nets AUD$274 million in heroin

HMAS Warramunga’s crew has conducted one of the largest drug seizures in Operation MANITOU’s history as part of the Australian-led Combined Task Force 150. In a joint counter-narcotics operation, the Royal Australian Navy and the New Zealand Defence Force seized 915 kilograms of heroin valued in excess of AUD$274 million. A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 aircraft detected a suspicious vessel in the Western Indian Ocean on 23 January 2018, which was boarded and investigated by the crew in Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga on 24 January. Over the past two months Warramunga’s crew…

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HMAS Warramunga Continues Operational Success

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga seized 111 kilograms of heroin valued at $33 million during operations in the Arabian Sea on 7 January 2018. This is the third successful interdiction for Warramunga in the past fortnight, taking the ship’s total seizures to more than 11.5 tonnes of hashish and 180 kilograms of heroin and a total approximate value of $629 million. The operation was carried out under the direction of the Combined Maritime Forces’ Australian-led Combined Task Force 150, after the suspect vessel was assessed to be engaged in…

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