Australian warship busts drug-runners in northern Arabian sea

Posted: 02/11/2012 in all marine news

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Combined Task Force 150 (CTF), one of three Task Forces within Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) conducted a successful disruption of a vessel carrying illicit cargo in the north Arabian Sea, Feb. 3, 2012.

The combined Australian and New Zealand staff of CTF 150 worked with CMF and other agencies to coordinate maritime security operations to disrupt the activities of extremist terrorist organizations.

The joint Australian effort led by HMAS PARRAMATTA intercepted, boarded and searched the suspected vessel.

The boarding was conducted in accordance with International Law as the vessel was of unknown nationality.

The search revealed 240 kilograms of amphetamine and heroin concealed in bags of flour and rice.

The ships’ boarding team destroyed the illicit cargo.

HMAS PARRAMATTA has been on task since leaving Sydney in September 2011 and is a highly professional asset and a key player in international maritime security operations. CMF includes participation and contributions from 25 nations.

PARRAMATTA is the 27th rotation by a Royal Australian Naval warship to the region since 2001.

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