June 9, 2021 (Google Translation) – On Sunday June 6, 2021, the visiting team of the Frigate multi-missions (FREMM) Languedoc discovered more than 400kg of narcotics on board a dhow boarded on the high seas.
Currently deployed in the Gulf as part of Operation AGÉNOR to secure the Strait of Hormuz, FREMM Languedoc was occasionally engaged in an operation to fight drug trafficking.
During a maritime surveillance flight on June 6 in the early morning, the frigate’s Cayman helicopter spotted a suspicious dhow in the Gulf of Oman. Shortly after, Languedoc was placed in direct support of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. This coalition bringing together thirty-four countries, aims to fight against illicit trafficking which contributes to the financing of terrorism and organized crime.
On board the dhow, the Languedoc visiting team discovered in one of the holds several canvas bags containing numerous suspicious packages. A chemical test then confirmed that they were narcotics. The entire illegal cargo, representing a total of 409 kg, was thus seized.
This operation made it possible to illustrate once again the versatility of the French Navy’s resources engaged in the region as well as the fluidity of coordination between national and international actors. This operation was carried out under the operational control of the admiral commanding the Indian Ocean maritime zone (ALINDIEN), who is also the Prime Minister’s representative for State action at sea.