Indian Navy Frigate Seizes 940 Kg Drugs In Arabian Sea In 1st Operation As A CMF Member

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The Indian Navy ship, operating as part of the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150, accomplished an important milestone in its maritime security efforts by seizing 940 kgs of illicit narcotics in the Arabian Sea on April 3, 2024.

This marks INS Talwar’s first drug interdiction since joining the Combined Maritime Forces in November 2023.

The Talwar-class frigate intercepted a dhow and seized substantial drugs as part of focused operation Crimson Barracuda.

The recovered contraband consisted of 453 kg of methamphetamines, 416 kg of hash, and 71 kg of heroin, clearly indicating the extent of illegal activity disrupted by the operation.

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Image Credits: Indian Navy/Twitter

Colin Matthews, Royal Canadian Navy Captain and Commander of Combined Task Force 150, praised the crew of the INS Talwar for their dedication and efficiency during the operation.

He also commended the professionalism and effectiveness of the Indian Navy and the CMF in preventing and disrupting criminal and terrorist activities at sea.

Operation Crimson Barracuda concluded on April 15, 2024, specially targeted terrorists and criminal organisations’ smuggling operations in the Western Indian Ocean Region.

This focused effort demonstrates the Combined Maritime Forces and its member navies’ commitment to ensuring maritime safety in strategically important areas.

 

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Image Credits: Combined Maritime Forces

The Combined Task Force 150, one of the Combined Maritime Forces’ five task forces, is responsible for deterring and disrupting non-state actors’ movements of narcotics, weapons, and other illicit substances in the Arabian Sea, Gulf Of Oman and Indian Ocean.

This mission is essential in maintaining peace and security along major maritime routes.

The Combined Maritime Forces, a coalition of 42 nations, patrols 3.2 million square miles of water, safeguarding vital commercial channels and maintaining the international rules-based order.

Combined Maritime Forces continue to enhance maritime security and stability around the globe through coordinated operations like Focused Operation Crimson Barracuda.

Reference: US Navy

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