Drugs are believed to be worth more than $400 million. It was the largest quantity of hashish seized by an Australian ship on Middle East maritime security operations. Drugs were intended for distribution around the world,” Commander Clelland said. Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, Major General John Frewen, said the operation would contribute to a more secure region. “This operation will impact on the flow of narcotics around the world and the use of drug money to fund extremist organizations.”
Commanding Officer of HMAS Warramunga, Dugald Clelland, said planning for the operation had been underway for months. It was supported by Australian and Canadian staff. The drugs are set to be disposed at sea. The officials did not say which country’s shoreline the seized drugs were closest to. The HMAS Warramunga is part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) naval partnership in which 30 nations patrol 2.5 million square miles of international waters. The warship enforces maritime security with a focus on terrorist activity in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions as part of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, which operates under the CMF.