Drugs bust fuels frigate’s front line counter narcotic efforts

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AFTER a major drugs bust on the island of Anguilla, Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster has officially begun her counter-narcotics role.

The Type 23 frigate has arrived in Puerto Rico where she has taken on a team from the United States Coastguard Law Enforcement Detachment.

Together they will patrol the Caribbean for the next few months, stopping the illegal movement of drugs.

They will also be on standby for disaster relief should the region be struck by a hurricane.

In the meantime, the ship’s company will use their Lynx helicopter to stop and search vessels.

HMS Lancaster’s commanding officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said: ‘Lancaster has made a successful start to the deployment in terms of engaging with the overseas territories and providing reassurance at the start of the hurricane season.

‘We can now build on this as we embark on the counter-narcotic phase.’