DVIDS – News – US Navy Ships Ban $ 4 Million Heroin With International Task Force


Two U.S. Navy vessels seized 385 kilograms of heroin worth around $ 4 million from a stateless fishing vessel transiting the Arabian Sea on December 27.

US Coast Guard personnel aboard the USS Tempest (PC 2) and USS Typhoon (PC 5) discovered the illegal shipment while conducting a flag check boarding in accordance with law customary international. The confiscated drugs were destroyed at sea by US forces.

Coastal patrol vessels operated as part of an international task force called Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, which increased regional patrols to locate and disrupt illegal maritime activities. CTF 150 is one of three Combined Maritime Forces task forces.

“This latest seizure is a demonstration that the CTF 150 and its assigned surface and air assets are ready to conduct interdiction operations 365 days a year,” said Royal New Zealand Captain Brendon Clark. , commander of the CTF 150.

In 2021, CTF 150 seized more than $ 193 million worth of illegal drugs (at regional wholesale price) during counter-narcotics operations at sea. This is a total value higher than the amount of drugs banned by the task force over the previous four years combined.

“This ban highlights the incredible work of our ships and sailors and serves as a reminder of the value of having naval forces forward deployed on site and ready,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jordan Bradford, commander of the Typhoon of Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

International naval forces operating in support of CTF 150 regularly conduct maritime security and counterterrorism operations at sea outside the Persian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations and their related illicit activities, including movements personnel, weapons, drugs and charcoal. These efforts help to ensure that legitimate commercial shipping transits the region free from non-state threats.

“We were able to execute this ban safely and with precision thanks to the tireless efforts of all involved,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matt Intoccia, a native of Collegeville, Pa. And commander of Tempest. “I am proud of our collective contribution to regional stability and look forward to more opportunities for operational success. “

The US Navy released the stateless fishing vessel and its nine crew members, who identified themselves as Iranian nationals, after seizing the drugs.

The Combined Maritime Forces are the world’s largest multinational naval partnership. The organization spans 34 countries and is headquartered in Bahrain with the central command of the US Naval Forces and the US 5th Fleet.

Date taken: 12.27.2021
Date posted: 12.30.2021 01:05
Story ID: 412124

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