Caribbean Drug Fight Gets Reinforcement

UK Navy’s Plymouth-based warship HMS Argyll has re-joined battle against Caribbean drug traffickers.


The frigate has left Key West to begin her patrols of the Caribbean after intense preparations for the mission – Operation Martillo – alongside 14 other nations and navies, led by the United States.

On her previous patrol in the region, Argyll seized nearly £75m of drugs in the Pacific then captured three traffickers in the Caribbean.

Operations in the Caribbean are overseen from Key West at the southernmost tip of the USA, home to the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (South).

It was there that Argyll received briefings and updates on the latest developments in the ongoing efforts to strangle the illegal drugs trade.

She is due home in Plymouth at the end of the year.

Press Release, July 14, 2014; Image: UK Navy

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