HMAS Arunta drug interdiction


HMAS Arunta drug interdiction  (0.58 mins)

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Arunta has seized approximately 250 kilograms of heroin during a vessel interception off the coast of Africa as part of Operation MANITOU. Arunta’s crew seized the drugs in the Indian Ocean on 10 May 2017 – her second narcotic interdiction since commencing counter-terrorism operations in December 2016. Following detection by a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, Arunta intercepted and boarded the suspect dhow as part of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) which is currently under French command, supported by a combined French-UK staff. HMAS Arunta is Australia’s major surface vessel for Operation MANITOU and is on her third deployment to the Middle East Region, as part of JTF633. It is the 64th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy vessel in the region since 1990.

Publish Date 12 May 2017
Tags V20170170
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