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The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) made another seizure of heroin as part of their latest string of successes in combatting illegal narcotics.

Under the direction of the Australian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150), the crew of Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne recently completed a fifth successful drug seizure by seizing about 65kg of heroin from a dhow in the Indian Ocean.

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HMAS Melbourne personnel dispose of 65kg illegal narcotics (heroin) seized from a dhow in the northern Indian Ocean.

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Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Power Royal Navy met his namesake Lieutenant Benjamin Power Royal Australian Navy whilst both were serving in the Indian Ocean.

The meeting of the two Powers took place whilst both were operating under direct support to Combined Task Force 150. Lieutenant Commander Ben Power Principal Warfare Officer (PWO) from HMS St Albans met up with Lieutenant Ben Power, also a PWO from Her Majesty’s Australian Ship Melbourne. The unlikely coincidence took place when the two ships took the opportunity to exchange members of each other’s crews for a few hours to see how the ships differ.

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Lt Ben Power RAN and Lt Cdr Ben Power RN on board HMS St Albans – Photo Lt Cdr G Whyte RN.

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The multi-national Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) has reached an impressive milestone and seized in excess of eight tonnes of heroin since January 2013. This recent triumph confirms CMF as one of the most successful maritime security forces in the world.

The latest seizure was made by Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne and was the fourth drugs haul of their deployment. The Boxing Day discovery on a small vessel, known as a dhow, yielded 118 kilograms of high-grade heroin with an estimated value of US$ 82.8 million.* Once a thorough search of the dhow was completed by the ship’s boarding team the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and then destruction at sea.

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HMAS Melbourne Ship’s Company load onboard an illegal cargo of narcotics. HMAS Melbourne intercepted the fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean and a subsequent search of the vessel revealed over 118 kilograms of high-grade heroin valued at AUD$108.8 million.

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The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) have continued their success against illegal narcotics and made another seizure of heroin off the coast of East Africa. This latest haul of 216 kilograms of high purity heroin has an estimated value of approximately US$148 million.

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HMAS Melbourne intercepts a fishing vessel suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics. A subsequent search of the vessel revealed over 216 kilograms of high-grade heroin

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Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne, working for the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Middle East, has made another seizure of illegal narcotics off the coast of East Africa.

 

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Members of the Ship’s Company in HMAS Melbourne inspect 151 kilograms of heroin discovered in a vessel off the Tanzanian coast.

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Special Agent Patrick Price brought a special brand of law enforcement to Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne while on patrol in the Arabian Sea.

Special Agent Patrick Price (left) of the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) prepares to board a fishing dhow suspected of illegal drug smuggling in the Arabian Sea.
Special Agent Patrick Price (left) of the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) prepares to board a fishing dhow suspected of illegal drug smuggling in the Arabian Sea.

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Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne, working for the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Middle East successfully intercepted a small cargo vessel, known as a dhow, smuggling 427 kilograms of heroin in the Indian Ocean, on 1 October 2015. The drugs, which have now been destroyed, had an estimated street value of $174 (US) million, a value based on an average purity of 60%, which is the approximate historic average seized in 2014.

HMAS Melbourne keeps watch over an intercepted dhow in the Indian Ocean. HMAS Melbourne's crew boarded the vessel and discovered 427kg of heroin that was confiscated and subsequently destroyed.
HMAS Melbourne keeps watch over an intercepted dhow in the Indian Ocean. HMAS Melbourne’s crew boarded the vessel and discovered 427kg of heroin that was confiscated and subsequently destroyed.

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