January 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – A few days after the departure of the Minister of Armies Florence Parly and the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Prazuck, who came to wake up aboard the Courbet, the frigate again distinguished itself with the seizure of more 1.5 tonnes of cannabis resin in the northern Indian Ocean.
During a afternoon maritime surveillance flight on January 4, the Panther helicopter from flotilla 36F spotted a suspicious dhow. All night, the Courbet discreetly tracked him. In the early morning, the on-board visiting team, reinforced with an intervention element, initiated a flag investigation which did not establish nationality. Thanks to a dog specialized in the detection of narcotic drugs, cannabis resin could be quickly detected. Finally, the operation was completed in the middle of the afternoon and the drugs transferred on board.
In total, 75 bales of around 20 kilos of cannabis resin each were seized, for a total of more than 1.5 tonnes.
The operation was conducted in direct support of Combined Task Force 150 , under operational control of ALINDIEN. This action is the first French take for the year 2020, and the second take for the Courbet since its departure on mission last November. The balance sheet of Courbet already exceeds five tonnes, because on December 13, 2019, the frigate had then seized more than 3.5 tonnes of cannabis resin in the same area.