Drug Busting Darwin Returns from Middle East

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Sunday, August 17, 2014
HMAS_Darwin

 

The crew responsible for intercepting and destroying billions of dollars worth of narcotics, including the largest seizure of heroin in the history of the Combined Maritime Forces, has returned home.

HMAS Darwin and her 232 person crew docked at Garden Island, Sydney today after seven months of successful maritime security operations in the Middle East Region.

Hundreds of family and friends of the ship’s company were on the wharf to welcome the warship back to her home-port.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN joined Darwin the night prior to arrival and said the ship had made a tangible contribution to global security.

“Darwin intercepted and destroyed over $2.1 billion of narcotics during her deployment,” RADM Mayer said.

“By removing these drugs from circulation, Darwin denied extremist and terrorist organisations a key funding stream and promoted a secure maritime environment for the benefit of legitimate mariners.”

Commanding Officer Darwin, Commander Terence Morrison said his ship’s company worked tirelessly to achieve their mission of supporting the aims of the US-led Combined Maritime Forces and Combined Task Force 150.

“Aside from seizing and destroying vast quantities of drugs, we were also involved in search and rescue operations and a delicate aero-medical evacuation,” CMDR Morrison said.

“Today we are very proud to share our successes with our loved ones, who have provided us with support throughout this deployment.”

Darwin left Sydney on Operation SLIPPER on 19 January 2014 and on 1 July was reassigned to Operation MANITOU to continue the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the international effort to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region.

This was Darwin’s sixth deployment and the 57th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy Fleet Unit to the region since the first Gulf War in 1990.

Darwin was recently relieved by the Anzac class frigate HMAS Toowoomba.


www.navy.gov.au/hmas-darwin

Maritime Reporter July 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

Missing Person Rescued Near Brackettville

On July 31, Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents and CBP Office of Air and Marine rescued a man who was reported missing the previous morning.

Ross is Fleet Manager, Heidmar

Heidmar announced the promotion of Duncan Ross to Fleet Manager. Duncan joined Heidmar’s London office in 2012 as vessel manager.  Prior to joining Heidmar,

Fire Aboard USS Mount Whitney

A fire broke out on board USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) while the ship was in Viktor Lenac Shipyard (Rijeka, Croatia) July 31, 2015. There were no personnel injuries in the fire,

Eye on the Navy

Fire Aboard USS Mount Whitney

A fire broke out on board USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) while the ship was in Viktor Lenac Shipyard (Rijeka, Croatia) July 31, 2015. There were no personnel injuries in the fire,

South China Sea Hotline in the Works

China and Southeast Asian nations have agreed to set up a foreign ministers' hotline to tackle emergencies in the disputed South China Sea, a senior official of

Fond Farewell to HMAS Tobruk

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert, MP,

Middle East

New Suez Canal Ready for Business

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman Mohab Mamish officially called on international maritime navigation lines to use the New Suez Canal, scheduled to be inaugurated August 6.

Egypt to Allow 24-hour Access to East Port Said with New Waterway

Egypt plans to allow smaller vessels in the Mediterranean direct access to East Port Said around the clock instead of just eight hours a day by building a side channel near the Suez Canal,

Work Begins on $1.6 bln Container Terminal at Jebel Ali Port

DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem announced the start of construction work on a brand new container terminal at Jebel Ali Port, Dubai.   Phase 1 of the

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2379 sec (4 req/sec)