Drug-Buster Iron Duke Scores Again!
Having just returned from a short refit, the Royal Navy’s premiere drug busting frigate HMS Iron Duke, goes immediately back into the fray with another big haul in its ongoing counter narcotics mission in the Caribbean. Story is from the UK Defence News:
She was recently directed to a suspicious vessel by a patrol aircraft operated by the Caribbean Regional Security System. Identifying the boat as a ‘Go-Fast’ often used to traffic drugs, HMS Iron Duke closed the contact at night and launched her Lynx helicopter and sea boat.
With an embarked US Coast Guard team they closed on the suspect vessel as its occupants threw the boat’s contents overboard. The quantity of drugs intercepted is estimated at 150kg of cocaine, and whilst it was not recovered as evidence on this occasion it highlights the Royal Navy’s role in the disruption of the drugs trade into the Caribbean islands as a staging post for Europe and the UK.
While the giant new supercarriers and space age missile destroyers are garnering most of the Navy’s procurement funds, struggling to enter service because of technical delays and lacking essential equipment due to costs, this venerable frigate is efficiently and effectively performing the Queens business in foreign waters just as its ancestors did in the Age of Sail and Empire! Finally, we love this quote from the Iron Duke’s skipper Commander Andrew Stacey:
“All my sailors are determined to keep up the pressure on the traffickers and are hungry for further action.”