RFA Mounts Bay recovered 100kg of Cocaine from Hessian sacks dumped in the Caribbean as drug-runners dumped their cargo and fled from authorities, say the Royal Navy.

The British vessel responded to a tip off from an American patrol aircraft which reported seeing the crew of a boat suspiciously dumping their payload.

Mounts Bay has a Dolphin helicopter from the US Coast Guard’s HITRON – Helicopter Interdiction Tactical squadRON – and its counter-narcotics boarding team, the LEDET (Legal Enforcement DETachment) on board for drugs patrols.

The helicopter was immediately launched and located the jetsam as the ship closed in on the position.

Captain Angus Bissell, RFA Mounts Bay’s Commanding Officer, said:

“Once again we’ve demonstrated that UK and US forces working in partnership are committed to – and showing success in – reducing the flow of drugs throughout the wider Caribbean.”

Mounts Bay is the UK’s long-term naval presence in the Caribbean say the Royal Navy, ‘dedicating her summers and autumns’ to disaster relief operations in the wake of hurricanes which strike with devastating frequency, while the rest of her year is focused on counter drugs patrols.

Last month, she came across 22kg of marijuana.


  1. Here comes another over stated value and no explanation of how a warship wasn’t able to track and/or follow the jetsam dumping boat since the busting team watched it in the act.

  2. Why when we have British islands in the Caribbean do we have to have yanks onboard to do drug busts? Anyone know?

    • It’s a joint op. The US has all the intel. They just need platforms to work from for boats and helicopters.

      It just shows yet again the Bays should have been built and just followed the standard Enforcer design with an hangar…….but they didn’t…….

  3. for over twenty years the UK government has been working closely with the US authorities, mainly the DEA, to interdict class A drugs in the initial staged of delivery from South America into the EU and USA. The RN have been the mainstay of UK assistance along with customs and NCA. It is a very successful relationship that reduces the scourge of drugs in the UK amongst many other nations. There are complex legal issues regarding sovereignty, sea arras and various territorial waters, all overcome by having various nationals representing interested countries onboard the ships. The UK ships not only carry US assets, also Mecicsn, South American and various Carib law enforcement operate. . This is probably the one area of international maritime enforcement that benefits us all. .

  4. I understand your frustration, however combating terrorism, narcotics, cyber crime, economic welfare are all part of the national security strategy, just as high end warfare is. These roles and tasks are important and need to be undertaken. Come a real war fighting situation these assets would be pulled away, just as the WIGS vessels were during 1982 and again during Granby in the Gulf. I fear it we didn’t deploy in these arras we would loose the ships as they would languish between operations and training presenting an easy cut. It is far harder to dispose of a Bay class of it is regularly used in the Carib and as minesweeper support in the gulf. Over the last few years I have started to understand some elements of the political game, hard at first, however when politics are played effectively it is impressive, a surpringly large proportion of the defence politic ate quite savy and do play a very clever long game, alas some casualties are lost in the game,

    • Baz mate, If you had even the slightest grasp on the whole Drug Problem Inflicting the Entire World, You’d be Aghast at the total lack of Success “We” are having. Coupled to “Our” total Lack of Enforcement and Control in places that Produce said Drugs despite “Our” decade’s of Involvement In Places like Afghanistan. Not sure where you live but, Mate, Wake up and Smell the Coffee.

      Your Understanding of Politics and belief in the Politic (as you describe them) just smacks of Ignorance.

      Go walk the Streets of our City’s later mate.

      Sorry If you think I’m Trolling you now mate but, Heck You Started It !!!!

      • I agree, I am not an expert at all ( as some of you will no doubt troll me about). But I don’t understand what these ships should be doing instead of….

        If there’s no war to fight, no carrier to escort, no humanitarian disaster to help with, what should they do? Sit in port in and get rusty? Is it a waste of a huge ship, crew RM etc etc floating around the caribbean interdicting drug trafficking?

        Surely its better for moral, better for keeping skills sharp and honed, better to get the RN ‘out there’ doing its bit for the UK and the world?

        And as was said previously, use it or lose it.

  5. capn, trust me I am very well placed and informed in this area. I understand it is frustrating being in the outside trying to understand or make sense of some policies and operations when you only receive media sound bites or others interpretations. Every one is entitled to thier thoughts, beliefs, however when these are challenged in a derogertry manner it becomes tiresome and simply degrades the discussion process. There are many on this forum who understand this, alas others that don’t. So thanks to your manner I will probably not bother any more. Thanks capn.


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