Royal Australian Navy Ship (HMAS) BALLARAT intercepted another 5,600 Kgs of illicit drugs while conducting patrols in the international waters of the Arabian Sea under the command of the Pakistan led CTF-150.

The seizures, including approximately 2,500Kgs and 3,000Kgs of hashish, were discovered in two vessels suspected of illegal activity on the 7th and 10th May 2019.


Commander Paul Johnson, Commanding Officer of HMAS BALLARAT, said; “Following the boardings and after lengthy inspections of both dhows, narcotics were found to be hidden on board. The drugs were seized and transferred back to HMAS BALLARAT for the appropriate testing and destruction.”


Commodore Alveer Ahmed Noor, Commander of CTF 150 said: “Efforts put in by CTF-150 units to suppress illicit activities are commendable. The Pakistan Navy Led CTF 150 is determined to maintain maritime security throughout the region by effectively utilising the vessels and aircraft assets under CTF 150 command as well as through engagements with regional countries.”


CTF-150 is a Multi-National Task Force where warships from Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) member nations come together to help maintain maritime security throughout the Middle East region. CTF 150’s Area of Operation includes some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and spans over two million square miles, covering the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.