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USS Port Royal Seizes Suspected Narcotics

21 December 2020

From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), interdicted a shipment of more than 1100 lbs. (521 kg) of suspected narcotics from a dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea Dec. 18.

Twenty-three bags of narcotics were discovered and tested, resulting in a seizure of approximately 150 lbs. (45 kg) of suspected hash, 400 lbs. (181 kg) of methamphetamines and more than 600 lbs. (272 kg) of heroin.

This seizure, conducted in direct support of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, marks the fifth CMF drugs seizure since October.

Sailors stationed about the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), monitor bags suspected narcotics seized from a stateless dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region free from non-state threats.
SLIDESHOW | 5 images | 201218-N-NO146-1008 NORTH ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 18, 2020) Sailors stationed about the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), monitor bags suspected narcotics seized from a stateless dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region free from non-state threats. (U.S. Navy courtesy photo)
Sailors stationed about the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), monitor bags suspected narcotics seized from a stateless dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region free from non-state threats.
SLIDESHOW | 5 images | USS Port Royal Seize Suspected Narcotics 201218-N-NO146-1007 NORTH ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 18, 2020) Sailors stationed about the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), monitor bags suspected narcotics seized from a stateless dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region free from non-state threats.
The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in direct support to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) CTF-150, visit, board, search and seize (VBSS) team interdicts a dhow suspected of narcotics smuggling in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region free from non-state threats.
SLIDESHOW | 5 images | USS Port Royal Seize Suspected Narcotics 201218-N-NO146-1004 North Arabian Sea (Dec. 18, 2020) The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in direct support to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) CTF-150, visit, board, search and seize (VBSS) team interdicts a dhow suspected of narcotics smuggling in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region free from non-state threats.
The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in direct support to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) CTF-150, observe as a visit, board, search and seize (VBSS) team interdicts a dhow suspected of narcotics smuggling in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region free from non-state threats.
SLIDESHOW | 5 images | USS Port Royal Seize Suspected Narcotics 201218-N-NO146-1001 North Arabian Sea (Dec. 18, 2020) The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in direct support to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) CTF-150, observe as a visit, board, search and seize (VBSS) team interdicts a dhow suspected of narcotics smuggling in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 18. CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region free from non-state threats.
Sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team and the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Three Seven (HSM-37) pose following an illicit narcotics seizure from a dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec.
SLIDESHOW | 5 images | 201218-N-NO146-1009 North Arabian Sea (Dec. 18, 2020) Sailors aboard USS Port Royal (CG 73) assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team and the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Three Seven (HSM-37) display an illicit narcotics seizure from a dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, Dec.18. The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is a multinational maritime partnership that exists to counter illicit non-state actors on the high seas, promoting security, stability, and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean, and the Gulf of Oman. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region free from non-state threats. (U.S. Navy Courtesy photo)


To mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, the boarding team undertook carefully executed precautionary measures during and after the boarding, to include decontamination of all seized contraband.

The CMF is a multinational maritime partnership which exists to counter illicit non-state actors in international waters, promoting security, stability and prosperity in the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region, free from non-state threats. CTF 150 is currently led by the Royal Saudi Naval Force, the second time the country’s Navy has led the task force.

 

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