HMAS Darwin, featuring a Seahawk helicopter from HMAS Albatross, has struck again against drug smugglers, intercepting another vessel in the Arabian Sea, securing $250 million worth of narcotics.
Darwin’s crew seized more than 6.2 tonnes of narcotics, with boarding parties locating 315 bags hidden on board the dhow.
Each bag contained between 20-21 kilograms of drugs.
An S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron at HMAS Albatross is based on board Darwin, and has played an active role in many of the drug busts the ship has secured, which totals more than 12 tonnes so far this deployment.
Darwin’s commanding officer, Commander Terry Morrison, said the removal of more than 6248kg of narcotics would have a significant impact on the funding of terrorist organisations.
“HMAS Darwin remains focused on countering terrorism and I am proud of the continued dedication and professionalism of the crew on board Darwin and the role they play as part of the Combined Maritime Forces,” Commander Morrison said.