November 19, 2020 (Google Translation) – Only a few days after making a first seizure of 1.6 tonnes of hashish on a dhow on the high seas, the Floréal Surveillance Frigate (FS) once again shines in the fight against drug trafficking within the Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, with a seizure of more than 800 kilograms of narcotics.
On November 18, at dawn, this navy vessel sent its visiting team from its fast boats to a suspicious dhow. Objective: to secure and control the building before carrying out a more in-depth search.
The operation lasts nearly 11 hours and allows the discovery and seizure of more than 450 kilograms of methamphetamines and 360 kilograms of heroin. The illegal cargo is then weighed and sealed.
A mobilized crew and an experienced visiting team, experienced in operations under COVID-19 measures, made the success of this operation, which marks the second French drug seizure in a few days.
A task force since November 2002, CTF 150 is part of the multinational coalition of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), led from Bahrain. French frigates are regularly deployed as part of its anti-drug trafficking missions. The ships deployed in this coalition act under the operational control of ALINDIEN.
The Indian Ocean has maritime routes particularly used by drug traffickers to Europe in particular. As such, drug trafficking is one of the main security issues in the region.