HMS Iron Duke of Royal Navy on patrol in the Caribbean, intercepted successfully a cocaine carrying ‘Go-Fast’ boat.The quantity intercepted is approximately 150 kgs and the estimated value of the drugs is £6 million. This is in addition to the seizure of approximately three-quarters of a tonne of cocaine (value over £33 million) by the vessel last month.
Some interesting features of HMS Iron Duke (F 234) on cocaine hunting are:
- HMS Iron Duke has joined the International Task Force hunting drugs traffickers in the Caribbean region in June.
- The cocaine hunting is being carried out jointly by US Coast Guard, UK’s Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Caribbean Regional Security System.
- The seizures are mostly conducted at night with the help of onboard Lynx helicopter and sea boat.
- The frigate last year intercepted drugs worth £45 million, with Prince William embarked.
Here is a photograph from the Royal Navy.
The drug trafficking ‘Go Fast’ boat in front of HMS Iron Duke immediately prior to being boarded, during the operation conducted in July.
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