Once again we’ve demonstrated that UK and US forces working in partnership are committed to, and showing success in, reducing the flow of drugs throughout the wider Caribbean.

Captain Angus Bissell

Mounts Bay has a Dolphin helicopter from the US Coast Guard’s HITRON – Helicopter Interdiction Tactical squadRON – and its counter-narcotics boarding team, the LEDET (Legal Enforcement DETachment) on board for drugs patrols.

The helicopter was immediately launched and located the jetsam as the ship closed in on the position.

Once on scene, she launched her boat – despite choppy weather – whose crew hauled the still-floating bales out of the water.

Tests conducted aboard Mounts Bay confirmed the sacks contained cocaine estimated to be worth around $250,000 (around £190,000). The drugs have now been handed over to the US Coast Guard for destruction.

Captain Angus Bissell, RFA Mounts Bay’s Commanding Officer, said once again the presence of his ship patrolling the Caribbean as part of the international effort to stop drug-running had a deterrent effect.

“Once again we’ve demonstrated that UK and US forces working in partnership are committed to – and showing success in – reducing the flow of drugs throughout the wider Caribbean.”

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.