White­horse As­sists USCG in Drug Bust

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HMCS White­horse, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy, as­sisted with the in­ter­cep­tion of more than 5200 kg of co­caine in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters of the Eastern Pa­cific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica as part of Op­er­a­tion CARIBBE in early March.

The crew of a coastal freighter be­gan throw­ing bales of con­tra­band over­board when the USS Gary, pa­trolling the area with a U.S. Coast Guard Law En­force­ment De­tach­ment (LEDET) aboard, ap­proached the ves­sel.

HMCS White­horse and the U.S. Coast Guard Cut­ter Boutwell were called in to join the op­er­a­tion.

A board­ing and search of the sus­pect ves­sel by the USCG LEDET em­barked with HMCS White­horse and USS Gary did not re­veal any ad­di­tional drugs, but the co­caine re­trieved from the sea by the ships’ crews to­taled ap­prox­i­mately 5284 kg.

The en­tire op­er­a­tion lasted more than three days. The seizure could not be di­vulged un­til now to avoid jeop­ar­diz­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.

This is the largest of three nar­cotics in­ter­cep­tions in 2015 for Cana­dian Armed Forces as­sets de­ployed on Op­er­a­tion CARIBBE, and the sec­ond largest recorded in our history of the op­er­a­tion, sur­passed only by HMCS St. John’s which, in 2011, as­sisted the USCG in seiz­ing 6750 kg of co­caine.

Op­er­a­tion CARIBBE is Canada’s con­tri­bu­tion to Op­er­a­tion MAR­TILLO – a multi­na­tional, joint, com­bined, and in­ter­a­gency ef­fort by the na­tions of the Western Hemi­sphere and Europe to pre­vent il­licit traf­fick­ing in the Caribbean basin, the eastern Pa­cific Ocean and the lit­toral wa­ters of Cen­tral Amer­ica.

A pre­vi­ous HNLMS Karel Door­man is seen en­route to Mon­treal in 1961. Cur­rent HNLMS Karel Door­man, a Joint Sup­port Ship (JSS), a type of ship that should have been in ser­vice with the RCN by now, will be vis­it­ing Mon­treal and Nor­folk at the end of this month.

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