Argyll praised after £75m drugs capture
The crew of a Westcountry-based warship have won praise after helping seize more than six tonnes of contraband valued at $116 million (£75m) in just three weeks.
HMS Argyll has been in the Pacific taking part in Operation Martillo with US, Canadian and Colombian allies to help deter potential drug traffickers from using the sea to transport their goods.
During a four-day visit to the regional counter-narcotics headquarters in Key West, Florida, the Director of Joint Inter Agency Task Force (South), Rear Admiral Steve Mehling of the US Coast Guard, said that the three-week mission was a huge success. He presented the commanding officer Commander Tim Neild with a "Snowflake" burgee, a special flag presented to those ships that have successfully countered traffickers of narcotics.
Cdr Neild said: "Argyll has shown the great flexibility and value-for-money that a UK warship can deliver on operations throughout her deployment."
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Operation Martillo is a 15-nation effort to deny international criminal organisations air and maritime access to the coast of Central America, and focus on putting a stop to the illegal movement of drugs.