As part of the French-led Combined Task Force 150, the Royal Navy’s HMS Lancaster (F229) intercepted and seized more than 450 kilograms of illegal drugs, including heroin and hashish, in the Arabian Sea on 7 September.
The market value of the drugs seized is estimated at 9.5 million dollars. This operation is the first major drug seizure since the French Navy took over command of CTF 150 from the UK in July. It reaffirms the commitment of both countries and regional and international partners to maritime security.
Captain Yannick Bossu, Commander of CTF 150, underlined the operational effectiveness of CTF 150 and the commitment of the UK and France to maritime security.
CTF 150 is one of five task forces of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a partnership of 38 nations based in Bahrain. The CMF strengthens maritime security in this strategic area by combating the financing of terrorism and international crime.
This is the twelfth time that France has ordered the CTF 150.