May 17, 2021 (Google Translation) – During a new discovery of narcotics on a nationalityless dhow off the coast of Oman last week, the La Fayette Frigate (FLF) Guépratte seized a total of nearly three tons of cannabis resin.
The Guépratte, currently deployed in the Gulf as part of Operation AGENOR, is engaged in an on-time operation to combat drug trafficking. This new discovery represents the third visit and third seizure of narcotics for Guépratte as part of its mission with the Combined Task Force(CTF) 150. The 34-country coalition aims to combat illicit trafficking that contributes to the financing of terrorism and organized crime.
After spotting a suspect dhow using its Panther helicopter on a maritime surveillance flight on the outskirts of the Gulf of Oman, the Guépratte was placed for a few hours in direct support of CTF 150.
After boarding the visiting team and discovering the dhow without nationality, the Guépratte soldiers discovered 2.8 tons of cannabis resin, which were seized and then destroyed. This is in addition to the seizures of methamphetamines, heroin and cannabis carried out in April by the Guépratte, bringing its total to nearly seven tons of narcotics seized and destroyed.
This operation highlighted the speed and professionalism of the crews, as well as the effectiveness of state action at sea (AEM). In this capacity, Rear-Admiral Fayard, commander of the Indian Ocean Maritime Area (ALINDIEN), provides, in an interdepartmental framework, the duties of the representative of the AEM in the Indian Ocean.
For more than two months, Guépratte has been engaged in the AGÉNOR mission, a mission carried out by eight European countries including France. Its main purpose is the reassurance of commercial traffic in the Strait of Hormuz and its approaches, as well as the autonomous assessment of situation in that region.