HMS Defender, a Type 45 Destroyer, found the drugs on a dhow as they swept the northern Arabian Sea for smugglers and traffickers.
According to the Royal Navy in a release here, HMS Defender’s success came thanks to the alertness of her helicopter crew during a dawn patrol over the northern Arabian Sea.
“Their Wildcat located a solo dhow not flying any flag or showing any evidence that it was carrying out any fishing.
That prompted the destroyer to investigate, sending Royal Marines across in sea boats to secure the dhow and its crew, and Royal Navy sailors to conduct a thorough search of the vessel while the Wildcat hovered overhead to provide protection.
The sailors located 11 mail-bag-sized sacks, some weighing up to 15-20 kilograms and suspected of containing crystal methamphetamines. The total haul was 131kg.”
Armed Forces Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:
“Thanks to HMS Defender and her crew, these drugs will be kept off the streets and the criminal gangs behind this poisonous trade will have suffered financially. It is a clear reminder at this time of year that our Armed Forces are working tirelessly to keep us safe.”
The Royal Navy say that HMS Defender has been deployed to the Middle East since August, spending most of her time to safeguarding merchant shipping entering and leaving the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz.