HMS Argyll and her crew are playing a key role in disrupting the drugs trade which blights the UK.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “This is yet another clear demonstration of the flexibility and versatility of the Royal Navy. HMS Argyll and her crew are playing a key role in disrupting the drugs trade which blights the UK. 

"The British people should be proud of the work that they undertake on our behalf.”

This is HMS Argyll’s second bust in two months having seized £21 million in cocaine in August. The ship is operating as part of a 15-nation collaboration to deny criminal organisations access to regions of Central America, with a focus on arresting the illegal movement of drugs from South America to the western world.

HMS Argyll’s Commanding Officer, Commander Paul Hammond, said: “I am extremely proud of my ship’s company; we put in a significant effort to assist the citizens of Bermuda and to sail and immediately conduct a slick interception of a drug smuggling vessel demonstrates dedication and the utmost professionalism.”

Able Seaman Specialist Alex ‘JR’ Hartley said: “Life on board is hectic at the moment, I was involved in working ashore to help the locals in Bermuda after Hurricane Gonzalo and the next day I drove one of our boats out to intercept a yacht with drugs on it. 

"This is just typical of our deployment to be honest, life is challenging but rewarding onboard HMS Argyll right now.”

Ship Images by LA(Phot) Luron Wright & LA(Phot) Caz Davies

Drug bust images by LA(Phot) Stephen Johncock

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