Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ship HMCS Calgary conducted three successful counter-narcotics interdictions June 4-7, raising their total to 17 in eight weeks, and setting a record for the most interdictions by a vessel in a single deployment in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, part of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).
Calgary’s final three seizures include 9,160 lbs (4,155 kg) of hashish seized on June 4, and 474 lbs (215 kg) of heroin in two separate interdictions June 6-7. The estimated value of the seizures is over $4.37 million dollars.
“I’m so impressed with the work of HMCS Calgary and all of our international partners in Combined Task Force 150,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of CMF. “Setting the CMF record for maritime interdictions is a credit to the dedication and leadership of Calgary’s crew, and the Royal Canadian Navy.
More importantly, these interdictions resulted in the destruction of over 80,000 pounds of illegal drugs while ensuring over $100 million in proceeds were kept out of the hands of terrorist organizations, and other groups who would have used this money to bring harm to others.”
During its deployment, Calgary also broke the CMF record for the largest single heroin interdiction on April 23, seizing 2,835 lbs (1,286 kg) of narcotics off the Coast of Oman.
CTF-150 commander, Commodore Daniel Charlebois, praised Calgary’s crew for its success. “Since arriving in the CTF-150 area of operations, HMCS Calgary has been relentless in pursuit of their mission goals. The results Calgary has achieved to date are simply remarkable, unprecedented and reflect the strength of leadership and character of a very special ship’s company,” he said.
The RCN has provided ongoing support to the CMF mission since its inception in 2001. During its two-month period of support to CTF-150, Calgary seized over 80,898 lbs (36,722 kg) of illicit narcotics worth over $106.9 million, dispossessing regional criminal and terrorist organizations of substantial revenues.
CMF is a multinational maritime partnership of 34 nations which exists to uphold the International Rules-Based Order by countering illicit non-state actors on the high seas and promoting security, stability, and prosperity across approximately 3.2 million square miles of international waters, which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.
HMCS Calgary’s counter-narcotics operations in direct support to CTF-150 in 2021 are as follows:
|1||17 Apr, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Methamphetamine||3 lbs (1.5 kg)|
|2||23 Apr, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Heroin *
Set the current CMF record for Heroin.
|2,835 lbs (1,286 kg)|
|3||24 Apr, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Methamphetamine||794 lbs (360 kg)|
|4||29 Apr, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Hashish||5,512 lbs (2,500 kg)|
|5||30 Apr, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Hashish||1,883 lbs (850 kg)|
|6||30 Apr, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Hashish||7,685 lbs (3,486 kg)|
|7||2 May, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Heroin, Hashish and Methamphetamine||11.02 lbs Heroin, 1,378 lbs Hashish, 1,146 lbs Methamphetamine (5 kg Hashish, 625 kg Hashish, 520 kg Methamphetamine)|
|8||4 May, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Heroin||896 lbs (406.5 kg)|
|9||11 May, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Hashish||13,003 lbs Hashish, (5,900 kg)|
|10||12 May, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Hashish||13,007 lbs (4,150 kg Hashish)|
|11||12 May, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Heroin and Methamphetamine||1,892 lbs Heroin, 1,109 lbs Methamphetamine (858 kg Heroin, 503 kg Methamphetamine)|
|12||16 May, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Hashish, and Heroin||529 lbs Heroin, 5,512 lbs Hashish (240 kg Heroin, 2,500 kg Hashish)|
|13||17 May, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Hashish||9,954 lbs (4,515 kg)|
|14||18 May, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Heroin||330 lbs (150 kg)|
|15||4 June, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Hashish * Broke the CMF record for the most counter-narcotics busts by a single ship||9,160 lbs (4,155 kg)|
|16||6 June, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Heroin||165 lbs (75 kg)|
|17||7 June, 2021||HMCS Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy||Heroin||308 lbs (140 kg)|