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Lynx101

Lantern Swinger
Hi,
This a question I found on a different forum about under which powers the Royal Navy sieze drugs. The recent drugs bust by Iron Duke is an example, under what authority do they have the power to board a vessel?
thanks
 

tommo

War Hero
The recent drug bust which the Rn was involved in, the boarding was carried out by the USCG
 

Lynx101

Lantern Swinger
Ok, so the Rn was just the staging point for the USCG team to go aboard? What authority do the USCG have outside of US territorial waters?
thanks
 
Under the UN convention of the Law of the Seas - Article108

Illicit traffic in narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances

1. All States shall cooperate in the suppression of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances engaged in by ships on the high seas contrary to international conventions.

2. Any State which has reasonable grounds for believing that a ship flying its flag is engaged in illicit traffic in narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances may request the cooperation of other States to suppress such traffic.
 
From the US Coast Guard website (link):

US Coat Guard said:
Missions

Ready Today...Preparing for Tomorrow


The United States Coast Guard is a military, multimission, maritime service within the Department of Homeland Security and one of the nation's five armed services. Its core roles are to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America's coasts, ports, and inland waterways.

The Coast Guard provides unique benefits to the nation because of its distinctive blend of military, humanitarian, and civilian law-enforcement capabilities. To serve the public, the Coast Guard has five fundamental roles:

...Maritime Security: Protect America's maritime borders from all intrusions by: (a) halting the flow of illegal drugs, aliens, and contraband into the United States through maritime routes; (b) preventing illegal fishing; and (c) suppressing violations of federal law in the maritime arena.

With regard to international jurisdiction, take a look at Artcle 4 para 1b(iii) and Article 17 of the UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances 1988.
 
Or NG we could all just accept that the RN can do it and either go down the pub/have a curry/go shopping for a new handbag. All of which would be easier than reading that!!
 
rosinacarley said:
Or NG we could all just accept that the RN can do it and either go down the pub/have a curry/go shopping for a new handbag. All of which would be easier than reading that!!

Ros - If you've ever been a boarding officer, you'll know that your first action after securing the vessel is to inform the master under what legal auspices you are acting... but then I just enjoy being a B.O.F. sometimes. :wink:
 
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