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Iron Duke Strikes Again!

September 28, 2009

Can HMS Iron Duke be stopped? Seems everytime she puts to sea, another big narcotics bust transpires! From Royal Navy News:

Portsmouth-based frigate HMS Iron Duke has made the largest seizure of cocaine ever recorded by the Royal Navy.

The warship, working with the supply ship Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort George, seized over five and a half tonnes of cocaine in an operation off the coast of South America. It was the third major counter narcotics success for HMS Iron Duke in the region.

The scale of the seizure marks a particularly significant blow to the narcotics trafficking industry. Although the intended destination of the drug cargo is unknown, had it reached the UK it could have been worth more than £240 Million at street prices.

Outstanding! The UK Independent calls this “the largest haul of cocaine in British naval history.”

 Interception of the 138-ft boat off Brazil led to the discovery of more than five and a half tonnes of the narcotic, with a street value of £240m. The previous largest haul was 4.7 tonnes of cocaine, discovered in 1999 by HMS Marlborough.

Another great success in an essential but under-appreciated function for any Navy–keeping the sealanes free from smugglers. Though the Admirals might prefer to prepare for the giant conventional battles or to fight land powers, we see a great need for the fleet to return to its roots, building more of these long distance “cruisers” whose primary purpose is to defend Civilization from those who would see it falter.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink*
    September 29, 2009 7:53 am

    I know, but if we only build battleships, then use them in this cruiser role, what do we do in a crisis when we need the high end ships elsewhere? Where will the cruisers come from? Nelson worried about the same thing. Read the following for more on this issue:

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 29, 2009 6:31 am

    Remember to us Brits a T23 is a frontline ship just as a DDG is to you Americans!!!!!

  3. Chuck Hill permalink
    September 28, 2009 5:53 pm

    Heretic, traditionally it has been FFGs (in addition to Coast Guard Cutters), but of course the FFGs are going away.

  4. Heretic permalink
    September 28, 2009 5:09 pm

    Let me guess … the USN would have to send a DDG to do the same job, simply because there’s nothing else in the inventory to do counter-narcotics patrols.


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