10 OCTOBER 2022 – A UK Royal Navy frigate seized 870 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine worth an estimated $45 million from a fishing vessel in the Middle East on 2 October.
HMS Montrose (F 236) operated in international waters in the Gulf of Oman as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150.
Montrose is a Duke-class frigate that has been operating in the Middle East since March 2019.
“HMS Montrose again proves the value of having a forward deployed presence in the region,” said Cmdr. Claire Thompson, ship’s commanding officer.
“It shows the professionalism of the boarding team and the whole company of the ship.”
Led by the Royal Saudi Navy, CTF 150 is one of four task forces of the Combined Maritime Forces, the world’s largest multinational naval partnership.
CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations in the Gulf of Oman and the North Arabian Sea to help ensure the free flow of commerce.
Combined Maritime Forces is the largest multinational naval partnership in the world.
The organization includes 34 nations and is headquartered in Bahrain along with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet.
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