Category Archives: Counter-Narcotics

Rear Admiral Sulieman Al Faqeeh of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces has formally handed-over command of Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 to Commodore Dan Charlebois of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), in a special ceremony held at the US Navy’s NAVCENT headquarters in Bahrain, Jan. 27, 2021. This concludes Saudi Arabia’s second command of CTF-150, after taking over from the French Marine Nationale in August 2020. Formed in 2002, CTF-150 is a maritime defence force that conducts Maritime Security Operations outside the Arabian Gulf. Primarily dedicated to the deterrence, disruption and suppression of trafficking and other illicit maritime activity, CTF-150 also engages with regional and other partners to strengthen relevant capabilities in the region. “These seizures have also helped international law enforcement agencies to develop a better understanding of current shifts in the drugs trade,” said Al Faqeeh at the ceremony. “Most importantly, these seizures have…

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The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), interdicted a shipment of more than 1100lbs. (521kg) of suspected narcotics from a dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. Twenty-three bags of narcotics were discovered and tested, resulting in a seizure of approximately 150lbs. (45kg) of suspected hash, 400lbs. (181kg) of methamphetamines and more than 600lbs. (272kg) of heroin. This seizure, conducted in direct support of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, marks the fifth CMF drugs seizure since October. To mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, the boarding team undertook carefully executed precautionary measures during and after the boarding, to include decontamination of all seized contraband. The CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors in international waters, promoting security, stability and prosperity…

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), interdicted a shipment of more than 2,000lbs (900kgs) of suspected narcotics from a vessel in the international waters of the Arabian Sea, Dec. 4. This seizure, conducted in direct support of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, marks the fourth CMF drugs seizure since October. The narcotics are currently in U.S. custody awaiting analysis. To mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, the boarding team undertook carefully executed precautionary measures during and after the boarding, to include decontamination of all seized contraband. Ralph Johnson initially identified a dhow loitering without power in international waters. The ship approached to determine if the dhow required assistance, and a subsequent search discovered the narcotics. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors in international…

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CMF, in partnership with EU Naval Forces (EU NAVFOR) will host the 47th SHADE Conference virtually on 3rd-4th November with representatives from across the maritime industry and regional and international militaries. The Shared Awareness and De-confliction Conference (SHADE), is a forum which brings together nations, international organizations and members of the shipping industry who share a common interest in combating piracy and broader maritime security issues. Each year, CMF and EU NAVFOR co-chair the conference, which includes working groups, as well as expert guest speakers discussing issues that affect maritime trade as well as ways to improve cooperation between the interested parties. This year, due to the global health pandemic, the SHADE Conference will be a hybrid event, hosted physically from the CMF Headquarters in Bahrain, and also virtually, via a video link. Alongside workshops with members of the maritime trade industry, senior representatives and flag officers from a variety…

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Корабль Королевского военно-морского флота, действующий в поддержку операции Объединенных Морских Сил (CMF), изъял более 450 килограммов метамфетамина, что является крупнейшим изъятием подобного рода в истории CMF.   Моряки и Королевские морские пехотинцы на борту HMS Montrose, фрегата Королевского флота модели 23, изъяли наркотики с подозрительного судна во время операции по борьбе с наркотиками в Аравийском море.   Перехват, который проводился в рамках операции Sea Shield (Морской щит) Объединенной Оперативной Группой (CTF) 150 Объединенных Морских Сил (CMF), явился международным мероприятием, в котором участвовали 33 страны-участницы CMF и их партнеры.   «Это была самая успешная операция по борьбе с метамфетамином в истории CMF», – сказал командующий CTF 150 контр-адмирал Сулейман Альфаких из Королевских военно-морских сил Саудовской Аравии. «Я высоко оцениваю напряженную работу и командные усилия всех наших CMF партнеров, особенно CTF 150 и HMS Montrose, которые работали вместе, чтобы осуществить этот исторический перехват».   Команда моряков Королевского военно-морского флота Великобритании и Королевской…

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A Royal Navy ship working in direct support of a Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) operation led by CTF 150 has seized over 450 kilograms of methamphetamine, the largest seizure of its kind in CMF history. Sailors and Royal Marines on board HMS Montrose, a Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate, captured the drugs from a suspicious vessel during a counter-narcotics operation in the Arabian Sea.   The operation, which was part of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150’s Operation Sea Shield, was an international effort involving a number of CMF’s 33 member nations and partners. “This has been the most successful counter-methamphetamine operation in CMF history,” said Commander of CTF 150, Rear Admiral Sulieman Alfakeeh of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. “I commend the hard work and team effort of all of our CMF partners, especially CTF 150 and HMS Montrose, who have worked together to make this historic seizure happen.”…

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Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized a total of 6,828kg of narcotics in a 6 day period worth a regional wholesale value of over $3.5m (USD) whilst deployed to the Middle East working as part of the Pakistan led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). HMAS Ballarat’s latest seizure took place on 7 th June 2019 and was the eighth such seizure since the Pakistan Navy resumed command of CTF 150 in April. HMAS Ballarat has been operating in the Arabian Sea where she is detecting and boarding suspect vessels, usually dhows.   Commander Paul Johnson, Commanding Officer of HMAS Ballarat, said: “These boardings are essential to achieving maritime security in the region. Our goal is to disrupt the sources of funding for terrorism and deny the narcotics trade in the Middle East,” He continued, “The team have been working hard to track, intercept and board these vessels…

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