Franco-Australian cooperation for D’Entrecasteaux

September 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – On September 10, 2018, the B2M D’Entrecasteaux sailed for navigation in Sydney Bay, passing under the Harbor Bridge, in front of the Sydney Opera House against the backdrop of the Sydney skyline. This navigation was conducted in formation with three units of the Australian Navy: the frigate HMAS Warramunga and the two mine hunters HMAS Gascoyne and Huon. Mutual training exercises were conducted with HMAS Warramunga, a frigate who recently cooperated with several French vessels as part of a nine-month Indian Ocean deployment (Thunder…

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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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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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Theodore Roosevelt Supports OIR and OFS in U.S. 5th Fleet

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the ships of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 have performed a vital role in Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS) since December within the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. “We have made it our priority to meet every tasking in support of counterterrorism operations and the defeat of ISIS,” said Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, CSG 9. “The complex environment on the ground in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and on the sea in the 5th Fleet AOO takes every ship…

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HMAS Warramunga seizes eight tonnes of illicit drugs

HMAS Warramunga has intercepted two vessels and seized approximately eight tonnes of hashish valued at approximately $400 million during operations in international waters of the Arabian Sea. Warramunga has now seized 19.5 tonnes of hashish and 1.5 tonnes of heroin, valued in excess of $1.43 billion* since deploying to the Middle East in November 2017. On 3 March Warramunga’s Seahawk helicopter crew detected a vessel of interest during surveillance operations. A boarding party searched the vessel, uncovering 4.1 tonnes of illicit cargo. The Seahawk crew then detected a second vessel…

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FS Jean de Vienne Assists in Major Drug Bust

On 5 March 2018, the French Marine Nationale destroyer Jean de Vienne continued Combined Task Force (CTF) 150’s recent string of successes by seizing over four tonnes of hashish during an operation in the international waters of the Arabian Sea. Jean de Vienne’s seizure is the third for CTF150 in recent days, together with HMAS Warramunga, the two ships have confiscated over $400 million USD of narcotics in just 48 hours. The Jean de Vienne’s Lynx helicopter, flying with HMAS Warramunga’s Seahawk helicopter was conducting routine surveillance in the international…

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HMAS Warramunga Completes Involvement in Exercise Cutlass Express 18

Royal Australian Navy personnel from Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 and frigate HMAS Warramunga have completed their involvement in this year’s Exercise Cutlass Express 18, which was held between 29 January–7 February 2018. Cutlass Express is an annual exercise sponsored by US Africa Command and conducted by US Naval Forces Africa to improve maritime law enforcement capacity and promote regional security in the Western Indian Ocean. Representing the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the Australian-led CTF 150 deployed joint Australian and Canadian mentoring teams to the Maritime Operation Centre in Victoria,…

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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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EUNAVFOR’s ESPS Patiño Supporting International Navies

EUNAVFOR’s Spanish Warship ESPS Patiño has further supported Combined Maritime Forces by rendezvousing with an Australian and Pakistani Warship and conducting Replenishment at Sea (RAS). HMAS Warramunga of CTF150 and PNS Aslat of CTF151 took on board a total of 390 cubic metres of fuel essential for the continuation of Maritime Security in the region. This is equivalent to filling a 60 litre car petrol tank 6500 times. This equates to 789 years of fuel for the average European motorist, or 256 journeys around the circumference of the Earth. [smartslider3…

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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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Royal Australian Navy nets huge illegal drug shipment in the Middle East

The crew of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga have spent the Christmas season hard at work, spending nearly three days seizing almost eight tonnes of hashish and 69 kilograms of heroin from drug smugglers while conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea. Warramunga intercepted and boarded three suspect vessels between 27 and 29 December 2017, in an operation planned and coordinated by the Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 150 which is currently commanded by Australia—supported by a combined Australian-Canadian staff. The illegal drug haul is the…

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Warramunga deploys for nine month Middle East mission

HMAS Warramunga and her ship’s company of 190 has departed Fleet Base East at Garden Island, Sydney for maritime security operations in the Middle East. The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne , Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett joined family and friends to farewell the ship and loved ones for their nine-month deployment to Operation Manitou. Minister Payne said Warramunga would work as part of an international coalition, the Combined Maritime Forces, to interrupt the illegal drug trade that funds terrorism. “Australia has a long standing…

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