FORCES -- Combined Task Force (CTF)
150 has made a third seizure of drugs in three weeks in the
On 17 March, the United States Ship (USS)
Laboon seized 500 kg of hashish concealed on a dhow that had
been identified as likely to be conducting illicit activity.
The USS Laboon’s boarding team who only a few days earlier
had boarded and seized 270 kg of heroin on another dhow, didn’t
take long to find the large sacks of hashish on this latest
It is another example of how effectively CTF 150 is
monitoring and assessing activity in their area of operations.
This is achieved by incorporating data from ‘URSA’, Canada’s
satellite information downlink, with the information feed of the
warships and aircraft tasked by CTF 150, plus the continuous
vigilance of the merchant community.
Lieutenant Dan Foley, the boarding officer who led the team
that made the seizure, credited them for their diligence and
professionalism throughout the inspection and search:
"They worked tirelessly for over 14 hours to secure the
illicit narcotics," Foley said.
"I cannot praise them enough for staying calm and collected
in a very tense environment.
"Ultimately, it was a great day; we kept the drugs off the
market and most importantly denied terrorist organizations from
benefitting off the profits of the narcotics onboard."
On 13 March USS Laboon intercepted a small stateless dhow in
the international waters of the Arabian Sea, seizing 270 kg of
On 2 March, another ship from CTF 150, the Australian HMAS
Arunta, seized 800kg of Hashish, making this the third CTF 150
seizure in the last three weeks.
Commander of Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Haydn C.
Edmundson from the Royal Canadian Navy, said:
"These boardings, whether they result in a successful seizure
or not, are some of the most complex and dangerous evolutions
that our sailors conduct on the high seas.
"This second seizure by the USS Laboon in such a short period
of time is testament to their superb training and preparedness
for this task which is just one of the many missions the ship
has while deployed."
Established in 2002, CTF 150 is primarily focused on
disrupting terrorist organizations and their activities by
denying them the freedom of manoeuvre in the maritime domain.
In collaboration with international and regional maritime
security partners, CTF 150 teams have seized and destroyed
billions of dollars in drugs and captured thousands of weapons
ensuring they are no longer available to organizations that
would cause others harm.