USS Paul Hamilton intercepted a drug-smuggling fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman worth $42 million.

The ship was supporting the Combined Task Force 150, a multinational naval collaboration comprising 38 countries.

The crew members identified themselves as Iranian nationals.

Other international naval units have previously seized illegal drugs worth an estimated street value of $1 billion.

CTF 150 carries out maritime security checks and counter-terrorism missions in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.

The Combined Maritime Forces is the largest multinational naval partnership worldwide.

The successful interdiction highlights the importance of having a strong naval presence in the Middle East.

The USS Paul Hamilton and other naval units' efforts counter drug trafficking and other illicit activities in the region.

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