US Coast Guard in Middle East seizes $85 million worth of heroin > United States Navy > News-Stories

While operating in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) seized 2,410 kilograms of heroin as the fishing vessel transited international waters. CTF 150 is one of four task forces of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the largest multinational naval partnership in the world.

The Royal Saudi Navy assumed command of CTF 150 in July during a ceremony in Manama, Bahrain, where the task force is headquartered.

“This significant seizure demonstrates a deep commitment on the part of our international partners to disrupt and deter destabilizing activities in the region,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet. and CMF. “I’m proud of the tireless efforts of CMF, the Saudi-led CTF 150 team and Charles Moulthrope’s crew.”

Charles Moulthrope began operating in the Middle East in May 2021. Its crew of nearly 30 coastguards includes the ship’s 24 plankowners who were the original crew when the ship was commissioned in January 2021 .

The CMF consists of 34 member nations whose forces operate in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean.

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