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Drug Buster Iron Duke Back on Patrol

August 21, 2009
The British frigate we once described as “the most important ship in the Royal Navy” is back on its counter-narcotics work in the Caribbean, according to RN News:

The Ship’s successful drugs takedown in July earned the Ship and the Royal Navy widespread media coverage, appearing across the national UK media and on websites from Thailand to North Dakota.  A busy day of media interviews for the Commanding Officer coincided with a visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines, where the Ship anchored to allow friends and family of the Ship’s Company living locally to come onboard and look around.  A short visit to the French Island of Martinique followed, before the Ship was back on counter-narcotics duties…

Although not yet half way through the deployment, Iron Duke’s maintenance period took place in early August to minimise the impact of the hurricane season.

A great ship and crew! These type of vessels we need more of, especially the smaller gunboats which do the long-range patrols that are wasted on  more costly battleships. Such vessels as these are equally important, and in wartime or crisis, we suddenly find we never have enough of them!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 22, 2009 4:53 am

    I have thought about that too Chuck. But since the British want to help out, they could send some of their Patrol Ships like the River class OPV, the kind they don’t have enough of.

  2. Chuck Hill permalink
    August 21, 2009 11:56 pm

    ie Coast Guard Cutters.

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