In the past four months the warship has carried out eight successful raids on drugs smugglers, capturing narcotics weighing over 18,000kg - the greatest drugs haul by a Royal Navy unit in recorded history with an estimated value of £200 million.
Commander Michael Carter Quinn, Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon said:
"It’s been a long and exceptionally busy seven months.
"Thankfully there is plenty to show for the effort, not least the outcome of a record-breaking eight drug busts – 18 tonnes of drugs that will never reach our streets, and £200 million that will never reach the hands of terrorists and criminals.
"I expected us to be successful, maybe not quite as successful as we were, but then once I saw just how hard-working, professionally excellent the team were - they made their own luck, they worked exceptionally hard at their successes.
"Once we had the first one or two, I did feel like we would get more because they deserved it, they really earned it by the quality of the work they were putting in. So I'm delighted for everybody, chuffed to bits."
At the beginning of the deployment, the destroyer escorted RFA Lyme Bay through the Suez Canal and gave air protection to the joint Omani-UK exercise, Saif Sareea, alongside Landing Platform Dock ship, HMS Albion.
She then went on to support further joint exercises with the Indian, United Arab Emirates, United States and Pakistani navies.