FS Cassard Makes Second Drug Bust During CTF 150 Deployment

February 25, 2019 – More success for the French Navy as French Ship (FS) Cassard seized and destroyed 2,031 kg of hashish in the northern Arabian Sea in international waters off the coast of Oman on 22nd February, 2019. This marks the second successful boarding for FS Cassard while operating under the direction of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. On…

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HMAS Ballarat Seizes 3.1 Tonnes of Hashish in the Middle East

January 13, 2019 – Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about $155 million* during a boarding operation that took place 8-9 January 2019 in international waters in the Arabian Sea. The fishing vessel, known as a dhow, was believed to be engaged in illegal activity when Combined Task Force 150 (CTF…

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Royal Australian Navy seizes illegal drug shipments in the Middle East

December 28, 2018 – Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized more than 900 kilos of heroin worth approximately $279 million* during two boarding operations that took place 21–23 Dec 18 as part of Operation MANITOU. Ballarat conducted flag verification checks by boarding vessels of interest, under the direction of the Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) Combined Task Force (CTF)…

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Australia passes CTF150 command to Brits

Nineteen boardings, 3.1 tonnes of heroin and 36 tonnes of hashish seized and destroyed, and over $2.7 billion AUD removed from terrorist networks. These numbers highlight the achievements of the Australian-led rotation of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) and their support to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) mission. The Australian-Canadian rotation, deployed since November 2017, completed their successful tour and…

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CTF 150’s FS Jean de Vienne Siezes More than 1,160 Pounds of Heroin

French destroyer Jean de Vienne secured their second drug seizure this year in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, March 25. A total of 1,160 pounds of heroin was seized during an operation in the international waters of the Arabian Sea. Jean de Vienne’s seizure is the tenth for CTF150 since January this year; which together with HMAS Warramunga…

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EUNAVFOR Teams Up With CTF 150 in Gulf of Aden

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and EUNAVFOR Task Forces have conducted recent exercises off the coast of Yemen, in the Gulf of Aden, as part of ongoing cooperation and partnership work in the region. CMF’s Task Force CTF150 has a mandate to deny the free use of the high seas to networks supporting terrorism in the wider Indian Ocean; EUNAVFOR’s CTF465…

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CTF 150 Undertakes Focuses Operation Sea Watch

As the south western monsoon in the Indian Ocean recedes and the summer sea swell conditions abate, experience suggests that the seasonal potential for narcotics trafficking in the Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF’s) area of operations can typically be expected to increase. The responsibilities of warships and maritime patrol aircraft flying in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 surveillance operations…

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FS Auvergne Integrates With CTF 150

Google Translation Under the aegis of the Pakistani command, the multi-mission frigate Auvergne joined the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) on August 24th. This force participates in the Indian Ocean in the fight against illicit trafficking financing terrorism. The operational deployment of the FREMM Auvergne is part of its long-term deployment to verify its military capabilities in an operational…

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Royal Navy completes successful international partnership in efforts to seize drugs worth £400M

Royal Navy sailors have this week completed a successful five month deployment with international partners to combat drug smuggling in the Gulf and Indian Ocean. The UK and France commanded a multinational naval task force which has scored eight drugs busts over the period, seizing 1.75 tonnes of narcotics worth nearly £400m, including 265kg of heroin and 455kg of hashish…

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End of mission for Forbin after more than 5 months of commitment

Google Translation April 5, 2017 – Deployed in operations for more than five and a half months, the air defense frigate “Forbin” ends a mission in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. After sailing from Toulon on 25 October 2016, the “Forbin” joined the French carrier group around Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier deployed off Syria to strengthen France’s…

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USS Laboon Makes Second Drug Bust in a Week

March 21, 2017 – For the second time in five days, guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) intercepted a small, stateless dhow in the international waters of the Arabian Sea and seized 500 kilograms of Hashish, March 17. Laboon, conducting maritime security operations in the region as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Combined Maritime Forces, conducted…

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