Canadians Seize 2.5 Tonnes of Hashish in the Indian Ocean

April 06: On April 6, 2019, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina seized 2,569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation ARTEMIS, the Canadian Armed Forces ongoing contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

HMCS Regina spotted a suspicious fishing vessel, known as a “dhow”, off the coast of Oman and proceeded to stop the boat to investigate further. The ship deployed its Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) team. The NTOG is a dedicated Royal Canadian Navy unit that specializes in advanced boarding operations at sea. A search of the dhow was conducted, during which 119 bags of hashish were located in the ice hold. The narcotics were transferred to HMCS Regina and subsequently destroyed.

This is the first seizure for HMCS Regina since it joined Operation ARTEMIS at the end of March 2019.

HMCS Regina is operating in the region as part of the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150 is a task force under Combined Maritime Forces, a naval coalition of 33 nations that promotes security and stability in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

Source: Government of Canada

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