Royal Navy makes huge cocaine bust

PartTimePongo

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http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?StoryId=Cq:q00eidyNjPDgfPBI1JB2TLyNvZD

Date: Saturday, February 04, 2006 5:02:20 PM EST

LONDON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Two British Navy vessels seized more than 3 tons of cocaine from a freighter in the Caribbean.

The estimated street value of the haul is 350 million pounds ($617 million), the Times of London reported.

HMS Southampton, a guided-missile destroyer, and Grey Rover, a Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker, surprised the MV Rampage in the waters between Cuba and Jamaica. The Southampton was transferred to the Caribbean recently after serving as a patrol vessel in the South Atlantic.

The Royal Navy assists the U.S. Coast Guard with anti-drug efforts in the Caribbean.

The Rampage is now in the hands of the Coast Guard and its crew is in custody in the United States.

Commander Rob Vitali of the Southampton told the Times a Navy helicopter surprised the crew of the Rampage shortly before the Navy vessels appeared.

"They couldn't make a run for it because it was an old tramp steamer, so all they could do was play the innocent which is what they did," Vitali said.
 
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Passed-over_Loggie said:
A well earned BZ. Can't see many T45s being spared for such good works, though.

PoL

It's usually the T23'S that go on sniffles but previosuly the T22;s but now pusser is getting rid of the almighty 22's................ach I am just jealous!

Good job lads n lasses :wink:
 
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dunkers said:
Why do T22's need a 4-ring Captain in command but T23's just need a commander?

Because 22's are the best!!! Bigger, armed more and more females onboard :wink:

I dunno but the above sounds good enough for me!
 

Not_a_boffin

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Last I looked the Batch 3's will be around for another 10 years or so. Agree you won't get too many of the 45s doing that though - operating boats from them will be an intersting serial as well..........
 
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Not_a_boffin said:
Last I looked the Batch 3's will be around for another 10 years or so. Agree you won't get too many of the 45s doing that though - operating boats from them will be an intersting serial as well..........

hey are being rid of slowly, not so many left now.
 

CheefTiff

Lantern Swinger
Good old Southampton (Old ships - stood by and did first commish on her)

Nice to see the old lady still earning her keep after all these years.

As for me, I'll never forget her launch at midnight in the absence of any shipyard workers - a decision long rued by VT management when the workers promptly blacked her for six months and wouldn't go near her.
 

brigham600

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dunkers said:
Why do T22's need a 4-ring Captain in command but T23's just need a commander?

Because they are mainly used as Command platforms which basically requires the presence of a 4 ringer to carry more clout etc.
 

sootblower

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Type 45 will be well placed for such operations with excellent boat capabilities and a "barracks" for 60 onboard. They will be fitted with the new Pacific 24 RIB which is more capable than the Pacific 22 in use at the moment. They will initially operate 2 Lynx and eventually have a Merlin. I still reckon the mini gun is the best way to slow down these fast movers full of coke or a fanatic in a rubber dingy. Not sure who will be in Command, I expect it will be a 4 striper. Out of interest as an interim measure T42s are to be fitted with better cranes to give them an imporoved boat capability.
 
And there I was thinking it was the new AIB test..................'you men get that barrell across that chasm..................& you men over there build a huge cocaine bust''

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