This demonstrated that UK and US forces working in partnership, a great unity of effort, are committed to – and showing success in reducing – the flow of drugs throughout the Wider Caribbean Region

Captain Bissell RFA

Captain Angus Bissell, RFA Mounts Bay’s Commanding Officer, said the presence of his ship and its Coast Guard team constantly prowling the Caribbean had a deterrent effect.

It’s typical practice for drug runners using ‘go fast’ speedboats to ditch their illegal cargoes overboard in a vain effort to outrun the authorities.

“This demonstrated that UK and US forces working in partnership, a great unity of effort, are committed to – and showing success in reducing – the flow of drugs throughout the Wider Caribbean Region,” said Capt Bissell.

Mounts Bay is the UK’s long-term naval presence in the Caribbean, dedicating her summers and autumns to disaster relief operations in the wake of hurricanes which strike with devastating frequency, while the rest of her year is focused on counter drugs patrols.