HMS Dragon’s Sixth Drug Bust

March 4, 2019 – Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon has dealt another blow to the funding of terrorism after seizing more than 2,000kg of hash with her sixth drugs bust in three months. The Portsmouth-based warship struck again almost immediately after her fifth bust, this time seizing 101 bags of hashish while on patrol in the Indian Ocean. The sale of these drugs is a known source of funding for terrorist organizations and criminal networks. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “The outstanding work of HMS Dragon’s crew continues to be…

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Maritime Warfare Exercise Conducted by France, UK, Australia & US

January 22, 2019 – Maritime forces from France, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States participated in the maritime warfare exercise Intrepid Sentinel in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 15-17. Participating ships included France’s Marine Nationale F70AA-class air defense destroyer FS Cassard (D 614), United Kingdom’s Royal navy Daring-class air defense destroyer HMS Dragon (D 35), and Royal Australian navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155), USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and USS Spruance (DDG 111). “The exercise itself is meant to develop interoperability,…

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HMS Dragon Visits India for War Games

December 7, 2018 – Britain’s most advanced warship joined forces with her Indian counterpart when the two navies linked up in Goa. Fresh from a £90m drugs bust in the Indian Ocean, HMS Dragon met the pride of the Indian Navy, state-of-the-art destroyer Kolkata, for the annual workout testing the two Commonwealth maritime powers. Exercise Konkan takes its name from the stretch of coastline in western Indian which it typically takes place off (occasionally it’s staged in UK waters when Indian vessels visit Europe). Both Dragon and Kolkata are chiefly…

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HMS Dragon in India for Exercise KONKAN 18 at Goa

September 29, 2018 – Naval cooperation between India and the United Kingdom is based on the long term strategic relationship between both countries. Both Navies have, over the years, undertaken bilateral activities such as training exchanges and technical cooperation. The Bilateral KONKAN exercise provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbor, so as to build interoperability and share best practices. The KONKAN series of exercises commenced in 2004, and since then has grown in scale. KONKAN-2018 will be conducted from 28 Nov to…

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HMS Dragon Seized Three Tonnes of Hashish

November 26, 2018 – HMS Dragon has seized three tonnes of hashish in one of the most significant drugs busts in the Gulf this year, dealing a major blow to the funding of terrorism. The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer was on patrol in the Middle East when they came across a suspicious dhow – a type of vessel common to the Middle East – in a notorious drug smuggling route known as the ‘Hash Highway’. Swooping into action, sailors and Royal Marines from HMS Dragon launched their fast boats to…

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Naval aeronautics: Franco-British training off Brest

September 26, 2018 (Google Translation) – On September 18, 2018, training between the Royal Navy and the sailors of the sky took place off Pointe Finistère. An Atlantic 2 Flotilla 23F , 2 Rafale Marine Flotilla 12F and the British frigate HMS Dragon , took advantage of this mission to conduct a joint exercise of anti-ship. Taking off, Atlantic 2 , using all its sensors, began a search patrol of the British frigate. After a thorough search and investigation of many surface vessels, the maritime patrol crew positioned the English…

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HMS Dragon leaves Portsmouth for Persian Gulf

September 18, 2018 – Portsmouth based HMS Dragon left her homeport today to embark on an operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. The Type 45 destroyer is scheduled to work alongside coalition and regional partners throughout her time away. She will be focused on providing regional maritime security, including counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling activities. Commander Michael Carter-Quinn, Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon, said, “Today’s departure on operations has been achieved through the hard work and support of my ship’s company, their families and the wider defense enterprise in ensuring that we…

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Royal Navy Able to Provide Three Ships for Exercise Formidable Shield

Exercise Formidable Shield, a US-led multinational maritime integrated air and ballistic missile defense exercise has begun today off the coast of Scotland. US-led Exercise Formidable Shield has today begun in waters off the West Coast of Scotland. A Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer and two Type 23 frigates will, alongside ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States, join one of the most sophisticated and complex air and missile exercises ever undertaken in the UK. Lasting a month, allies will work together to detect, track…

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VP-45 Pelicans Respond to Clyde Challenger Search and Rescue Efforts

February 14, 2017 – Her Majesty’s coastguard received an emergency beacon from Clyde Challenger, a 60-foot sailboat transiting from the Azores back to the UK, Feb. 10. The sailboat took on a rogue wave which snapped its mast, leaving it stranded in severe sea state and weather conditions. A nearby ship, UK tanker CPO Ferdinand, responded to the distress signal and shielded and monitored the vessel until further relief could arrive. Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 responded to the call, and dispatched two crews and two P-8A Poseidon aircraft to…

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