SAILORS who have spent the last seven months striking blow after blow to the drugs trade returned home today.
HMS Lancaster returned to Portsmouth this morning after a deployment to the Caribbean.
During six raids the ship intercepted 1.2 tonnes of cocaine and almost 1.5 tonnes of cannabis. Lancaster also detained 23 drug-runners and disrupted a sizeable amount of drugs which were ditched in the sea.
The ship’s commanding officer, Commander Peter Laughton, said: ‘What Lancaster has achieved over the last seven months is nothing short of remarkable.
‘The variety of roles that the ship has undertaken and the range of successes that have been achieved demonstrate the versatility of a frigate in this region.
‘Throughout all of this Lancaster has remained poised to respond to any natural disaster and provide life saving support.
‘I am extremely proud of my ship’s company who have worked tirelessly over the last seven months on the front line of naval operations and ultimately protecting our nation’s interests.’