A naval task force led by the Royal Navy has seized almost 6,000 kilograms of illegal drugs.
Combined Task Force 150, commanded by a UK team, completed three successful drug busts in just three weeks.
All operations were carried out by the Australian Navy Ship HMAS Warramunga.
Royal Navy Commodore Steve Moorhouse, authorised the Warramunga to board a suspicious vessel in the Indian Ocean.
A search was conducted taking several hours and revealed illegal cargo in the form of 3,253kg of hashish.
A week later another suspicious vessel was boarded and a further 2,593kg of hashish was seized.
Later a third vessel was boarded and another 40kg of hashish was taken.
Disrupting the flow of narcotics across the Indian Ocean is one of the key parts of Combined Task Force 150's mission to prevent illicit activity on the high seas.
Commodore Steve Moorhouse, who is also the future Captain of HMS Prince of Wales, said:
"CTF 150’s resolve is as strong as ever and HMAS Warramunga’s continued success in seizing narcotics, with her total now standing at 16 successful interdictions, is a testament to the determination and professionalism of her ship’s company."
All seized drugs were destroyed by the crews of HMAS Warramunga.
Images: Royal Australian Navy.