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HMCS Charlottetown stops drug deal in Arabian Sea

HMCS Charlottetown confiscated 600 pounds of hashish Saturday while on assignment in the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia and Yemen.

Navy Ship on assignment in the Gulf of Aden to stop terrorism activities

The Sea King Helicopter pulled two packages filled with hashish from the water.

HMCS Charlottetown confiscated 600 pounds of hashish Saturday while on assignment in the Gulf of Aden, the gulf that runs between Somalia and Yemen.

The boat is operating in the region under the command of an international fleet, called the Combined Maritime Forces task force.

In a release, the Combined Maritime Forces said the ship's helicopter was sent in and witnessed two vessels — skiff and a dhow, a traditional sailing ship — transferring questionable cargo.

When the smaller boats separated, the Navy moved in. That's when the crew of the skiff started dumping the cargo.

HCMS Charlottetown confiscated 600 pounds of hashish. (Combined Maritime Forces)

The helicopter pulled two packages from the water while an inflatable boat from the Charlottetown picked up another 8 packages.

The Charlottetown then sent a boarding crew to the skiff.  It determined the boat was stateless, which allowed the team to conduct a search under Canadian Law.

The ship's Commander, Wade Carter, lauded his crew in the release, saying the operation was seamless. He added the mission proves their need to be in the region.

HMCS Charlottetown was deployed to the Arabian Sea at the end of April after spending three months in the Mediterranean.  Its mission is to hunt terrorists.

The frigate, which carries 250 sailors and air crew, is expected to return to Halifax in late summer.

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