Four Successful Drug Interdictions by HMAS Ballarat


Four Successful Drug Interdictions by HMAS Ballarat (0.36 mins)

Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized another four illicit drug shipments in three days while deployed to the Middle East region. The four boardings took place over the period 2–5 June 2019, as Ballarat conducted a routine patrol in the Arabian Sea in support of the Combined Maritime Forces. The drug seizures included a large quantity of hashish and illegal narcotics weighing a combined total of 5.8 tonnes or a haul similar in size to five family-sized motor vehicles. The suspicious vessels, known as dhows, were believed to be engaging in illegal activity when HMAS Ballarat conducted the boardings under the authority of the Combined Task Force 150. The recent hauls now brings the total number of seizures by HMAS Ballarat to fourteen during her nine-month deployment to the region since October 2018. Operation MANITOU is the Australian Government's contribution to support international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East. An enhanced security environment ensures Australia's safe and open access to the region while fostering trade and commerce and a rules based global order.

Publish Date 12 Jun 2019
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