HMAS Warramunga has seized two more hauls of illicit narcotics valued at approximately AUD$315.4 million following boarding operations in international waters of the Arabian Sea this week.
Warramunga is currently deployed to the Middle East under Operation MANITOU and over the course of two days while assigned to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the ship detected two separate suspect vessels via their MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopter.
The ship’s boarding party was subsequently deployed and upon conducting searches uncovered approximately 6.2 tonnes of hashish on the two vessels.
Commander CTF 150, Commodore Mal Wise, RAN, said the seizures reinforced the CTF’s ability to target and disrupt activities that generate funding for terrorist and criminal organisations.
These are the twelfth and thirteenth vessels trafficking narcotics that Warramunga has intercepted since starting operations in the Middle East in November 2017.
This takes Warramunga’s total seizures to approximately 26 tonnes of hashish and approximately two tonnes of heroin, valued in excess of AUD$1.8 billion.
The narcotics were transferred to Warramunga and disposed at sea.
27-29 December 2017: approx. 8 tonnes hashish, 69kg heroin, (three vessels interdicted over this period)
3 January 2018: hashish, 3.5 tonnes
7 January 2018: heroin, 111kg
24 January 2018: heroin, 915kg
1 February 2018: heroin, 414kg
3 March 2018: hashish, 4.1 tonnes
4 March 2018 – hashish, 3.9 tonnes
6 March 2018 – heroin, 132kg
10 May 2018 – heroin, 295kg
21 May 2018 – hashish, 3 tonnes
22 May 2018: hashish, 3.2 tonnes