The Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Toowoomba has interdicted over 3,000 kilograms of illegal narcotics including hashish and heroin in the Gulf of Aden, the Australian Department of Defence said in a statement on Monday, March 30.
The seizure took place on March 19 in support of the Combined Maritime Forces, a multinational task force formed to disrupt terrorism and other illegal activities in the maritime domain.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said this is the first narcotics seizure by Toowoomba since arriving in the Middle East over a month ago.
The frigate is deployed under Operation Manitou, Australia’s contribution to the international peacekeeping and security efforts in the Middle East.
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