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CTF 150 nets an enormous drugs haul in the Indian Ocean

CTF 150 nets an enormous drugs haul in the Indian Ocean by 28 January 2018

International assets from Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), teamed up in a counter drugs operation in the Indian Ocean on January 24, 2018, seizing 834 bags of heroin weighing 915 kilograms. This is the fourth confiscation of drugs in recent months by CTF 150, currently under Australian leadership with a combined Australian and Canadian staff.

International assets from Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), teamed up in a counter drugs operation in the Indian Ocean on January 24, 2018, seizing 834 bags of heroin weighing 915 kilograms. This is the fourth confiscation of drugs in recent months by CTF 150, currently under Australian leadership with a combined Australian and Canadian staff.

Whilst conducting patrols in support of CTF 150, in the Western Indian Ocean on 23 January 2018, a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detected a suspicious dhow. Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Warramunga closed in on the suspicious vessel and further investigations led to the boarding of the dhow on 24 January.

Commodore Mal Wise, the Commander of CTF 150, said

“The interoperability between nations is key to the success of CTF 150 in enhancing maritime security in the region. CTF 150 has had remarkable success in recent weeks, working with assets from several partner nations within CMF. The close operation between Australia and New Zealand on this interdiction is an example of how nations working together can have a significant regional impact.”

Read the full article published in CTF website