HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the Middle East

May 13, 2019 – HMAS Ballarat has intercepted another 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Arabian Sea. The seizures, including approximately 2.5 tonnes of hashish and 135kg of heroin, were discovered in two vessels suspected of illegal activity on 5 and 7 May 2019. The vessels, known as dhows, were exhibiting signs…

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Three drug seizures in four days for Floreal in Indian Ocean

May 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – In early May, the Floréal operates in the Arabian Sea, under the operational control of ALINDIEN, as part of a mission to fight illicit trafficking, in direct support of the Combined Task Force 150. The mission of Floreal is to intercept boats that could carry drugs, mission accomplished brilliantly since four days from 1…

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FS Nivôse Indian Ocean Heroin Bust

Within a month of joining Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150), the French frigate, Nivôse, has seized 251 kilograms of heroin in the latest success for the Marine Nationale in the Indian Ocean. The ship, whose home base is in the French overseas department of Réunion, is currently conducting operations in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). CMF is an…

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HMAS Warramunga Middle East Completes Mission

Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, today announced HMAS Warramunga is returning to Australia after a highly successful Royal Australian Navy (RAN) deployment to the Middle East Region. Minister Payne said that during the seven-and-a-half month deployment, the Australian warship intercepted 16 vessels carrying illicit narcotics, seizing a total of around 31.8 tonnes of hashish and two tonnes of…

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HMAS Warramunga interdicts eleventh narcotics haul

Building on her already successful Operation MANITOU deployment, HMAS Warramunga has seized and disposed of 295 kilograms of heroin valued at about $88.5 million while patrolling waters in the Arabian Sea on 10 May 2018. The illicit narcotics interdiction is Warramunga’s 11th seizure in the seven months since deploying to the region in November 2017, and has further disrupted the flow of terrorist…

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FS La Fayette Seizes 413 Kilos of Heroin in the Indian Ocean

On April 11, French frigate La Fayette seized more than 400kg of heroin. Under operational control of the commander of the Indian Ocean Maritime Zone, Rear Admiral Piaton, the frigate has been deployed since the end of March in direct support of Combined Task Force 150, a naval task force fighting the terrorist networks in the Indian Ocean. Thanks to…

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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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Australia-New Zealand Indian Ocean operation nets AUD$274 million in heroin

HMAS Warramunga’s crew has conducted one of the largest drug seizures in Operation MANITOU’s history as part of the Australian-led Combined Task Force 150. In a joint counter-narcotics operation, the Royal Australian Navy and the New Zealand Defence Force seized 915 kilograms of heroin valued in excess of AUD$274 million. A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 aircraft detected a suspicious vessel…

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HMAS Warramunga Continues Operational Success

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga seized 111 kilograms of heroin valued at $33 million during operations in the Arabian Sea on 7 January 2018. This is the third successful interdiction for Warramunga in the past fortnight, taking the ship’s total seizures to more than 11.5 tonnes of hashish and 180 kilograms of heroin and a total approximate value of…

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