HMS Dragon has sailed back home to Portsmouth after her deployment in the Middle East.
HMS Dragon deployed from Portsmouth on the 17th September 2018 and has spent the last seven months deployed on Operation Kipion in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean, say the Royal Navy.
She arrived back home on the 12th of this month.
Commander Michael Carter-Quinn, Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon said:
“It really is great to be home. It’s been a long and exceptionally busy 7 months.
Thankfully there is plenty to show for the effort, not least the outcome of a record-breaking 8 drug busts – 18 tonnes of drugs that will never reach our streets, and £145 million that will never reach the hands of terrorists and criminals.”
During dedicated periods drugs busting with global counter-terrorism organisation Combined Task Force 150 Dragon made an astounding eight drug seizures, amounting to more drugs captured in seven months than the entire police force of the UK in one year.
The achievement is the greatest drugs haul by a Royal Naval unit in recorded history.
Welcoming HMS Dragon home, Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd, responsible for commanding all operational elements of the Naval Service, said:
“HMS Dragon’s impressive contribution to UK/US operations, regional engagement and record narcotics seizures highlights the high regard with which Dragon is held amongst allies and friends. None of this would have been possible without the steadfast support of her families and friends back home, some of whom have had the opportunity to embark over the last 24 hours.
I am immensely proud of all she has achieved and would like to congratulate her Ship’s Company as they return to Portsmouth today.”