Royal Saudi Naval Forces seize huge haul of drugs in the Gulf of Oman
Saudi arabia–A combined task force led by the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, CTF 150, seized 3,330 kilograms of drugs during an intercept and search operation targeting a boat in the Gulf of Oman.
The CTF’s mission is to carry out maritime security operations in several areas, including the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Gulf of Aden, to eradicate terrorism, smuggling of people, drugs, weapons and coal.
They seized hashish and heroin, powerful illegal drugs produced from morphine. They have carried out many maritime security operations since 2018.
The task force was established in 2002 in order to combat terrorism. The Royal Saudi Naval Forces took command of CTF 150 for the first time in July 2018, taking over from the British Royal Navy and leading several operations.
The Royal Saudi Naval Forces took command for a second time in August 2020, taking over from French naval forces. Subsequently, Saudi forces carried out multiple operations. In October 2020, they seized more than 450 kg of methamphetamine. Later on, 456 kg of methamphetamine and 364 kg of heroin were also confiscated.
Two further maritime security operations took place in December 2020. They seized 910 kg of hashish in international waters in the Arabian Sea. During the second operation, they seized 182 kg of methamphetamine and 272 kg of heroin.
The Task Force is part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) under the overall command of the United States Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, the world’s largest international maritime partnership.
Recently, the United States Navy prevented an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy support ship from capturing a surface vessel operated by the US Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf. The CMF is a multinational naval partnership to promote security, stability and prosperity in the world’s most important shipping lanes.