In 1st op as part of CMF, Navy seizes 940kg of drugs in Arabian Sea | India News

NEW DELHI: As part of the multi-nation Combined Task Force-150, an Indian warship intercepted a suspicious dhow and seized 940 kg of illegal drugs in western Arabian Sea under Operation Crimson Barracuda.
Marine commandos of the multi-role frigate INS Talwar, which was mission-deployed for maritime security operations, boarded the dhow and seized 453 kg methamphetamines, 416 kg hash and 71 kg heroin on April 13.
“This is the first such operation conducted by an Indian warship after India joined Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) last Nov. Indian Navy‘s relentless efforts as a CMF partner reaffirms its commitment towards ensuring a drug-free neighbourhood,” an officer said.
CMF is a 42-nation naval partnership that aims to uphold the international rules-based order by promoting security and stability across 3.2 million square miles of water encompassing some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.
“I commend the crew of INS Talwar for their efforts throughout this focused operation and their hard work has paid off with this seizure,” CTF-150 commander and Royal Canadian Navy Captain Colin Matthews said.
“This seizure, the fourth of this focused operation, demonstrates the effectiveness of CMF, and of Indian Navy, in deterring and disrupting criminal and terrorist activities at sea,” he added.

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