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HMAS Toowoomba cracks down on drugs shipment

The HMAS Childers has returned to Darwin following an extensive naval voyage."

Australia's naval fleets are doing an excellent job of cleaning up areas of high drug trafficking. For the second time in 72 hours, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba has intercepted a drug shipment across the coast of East Africa.

The suspicious vessel was found to be carrying large amounts of heroin with a street value of $129.6 million, the Department of Defence announced last weekend (22 November).

The Queensland warship has disrupted two high-value drug shipments in three days, with a combined weight of 712 kilograms and an estimated value of almost $285 million.

Commanding Officer Cath Hayes praised the crew aboard Toowoomba for their efficiency in stopping the dangerous cargo from reaching its destination.

"I am extremely proud of the combined efforts of each of the 191 members of Toowoomba's Ship's Company in achieving these recent two drug interdictions," she said in a government media release.

"Once again our colleagues at Combined Task Force 150 and the Combined Maritime Forces worked with us making sure we were in the right place at the right time to strike and that is what we did recovering approximately 324 kilograms of heroin."

HMAS Toowoomba and its predecessors HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Darwin have achieved an almighty task over the past 14 months. Together they have seized drugs with a street value in excess of $3.5 billion since September 2013, the department continued to explain.

The well-equipped vessels are providing excellent service to the multinational campaign to crack down on drug smuggling enterprises in the Indian Ocean.

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