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HMS Gloucester helps catch £ 4 million of cocaine in mid Atlantic

Tuesday, August 31st 2010 - 03:09 UTC
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Portsmouth-based HMS Gloucester en route to the Falkland Islands has helped capture £4 million worth of cocaine – hidden in a yacht's rudder. The Royal Navy ship intercepted the suspect yacht Tortuga in the mid-Atlantic. Read full article


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  • Think

    Next “Snow” party at the HMS Gloucester..... (HMS:High Majesty Ship :-)
    They just “Hit the Jackpot”...

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 04:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hoytred

    “... protecting British interests ...” “ making official visits ....... Brazil and Chile ...”

    Says it all :-)

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 04:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    If they follow the example of the HMS Manchester crew......... they will be extremly popular with the “girls”, “pimps” and “pushers” on any port :-)

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 06:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    They'll have a party.

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 06:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Let's hope they can keep their “snowy” British fingers away from all those shiny red “FIRE” buttons while “under the influence” visiting Rio.....

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 07:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    All armys have some level of drug abuse like this, the MOD is very strict on it they are the largest compulsory drug testing entity in europe, the fact that these storys get to the media shows that they find out and discipline these people.

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 10:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marco

    The Royal Navy... what a joke
    Who cares about the Malvinas they belong to Argentina anyway....

    “A senior Royal Navy source told The Sun: 'The worst aspect of this scandal is that HMS Liverpool is supposed to be guarding the Falkland Islands and such a large drugs bust hardly does wonders for confidence.”

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 03:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Thing is - where does cocaine come from? South America is where.

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 03:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marco

    And where most of it is used? US AND UK of course.

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 03:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    No..Drugs are used all over the world Marco.

    I'll say it again, the MOD is the largest drug testing employer in europe. Sometimes a few bad apples get through but they all eventually get found out.

    0.3% of the army, or about 600 people in the army test positive to taking drugs every year, mostly people who have seen heavy combat.

    Anyone in a command position is immediately discharged, Low ranks are put into rebab courses, if they pass these they are allowed to serve while there commanders keep a close eye on them.

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 04:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marco

    Zethee, We are no talking about one or two sailors, 8% of the sailors had cocaine in their blood.

    “The bust, which has horrified top brass, is believed to be the biggest in the Navy's history.
    HMS Liverpool, which is armed with guided missiles and a 4.5 inch gun, is nearing the end of a six-month deployment in the South Atlantic.”

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 07:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    It happens, the MOD can't mind controll the people who join the army. Best they can do is find out when it happens, and then come down hard on the offenders, they are very good at finding out when this stuff happens. They are also very open about how many people a year are found positive with drugs.

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 07:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Let us not forget that, following the sinking of the Belgrano, 100% of the Argentine Navy tested positive for cowardice.

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 07:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marco

    Hey keyboard warrior conque, don't be such an idiot. I don't think the sinking of the WW2 Belgrano and the dead of almost 400 sailors is a symbol of pride for the UK. You are celebrating over the blood of young men who died almost 30 years ago, that clearly shows who is the coward

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 07:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Here's a thought. Argentine sailors were on a WARship threatening British sovereign territory. They deserved to die. As did the rest of you cowards. As do you. Follow gassy's suggestion. Get yourself a nuclear “defence” program. Give us a reason.

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 09:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Marco, funny I have seen plenty enough junkies around in S American cities as well. HMS Liverpool - those caught were out of the Navy the moment they landed back in UK - some had served many years and lost automatic any pension rights - serves them right as well. No country or big employer is perfect - but the UK forces hit it with a hammer if anyone is caught!

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 09:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marco

    Comment removed by the editor.

    Aug 31st, 2010 - 11:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • avargas2001

    This ship are the reason Argentina need a nuclear defence program, why is this ship illegally in our waters, and why did they not stop the bankers who fecilitated the money for the drugs ??? oviously they need english pirats doing illegal work to legitimate their presence, it wouldn't even surprise me if this story was planted.

    Sep 01st, 2010 - 06:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    HMS Gloucester will, undoubtedly, sail directly from international waters into Falklands territorial waters. Also South Georgia territorial waters and South Sandwich Islands territorial waters.

    Sep 01st, 2010 - 06:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    18, “mid-Atlantic” as the title says. Is not “your” waters.

    Sep 01st, 2010 - 07:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • avargas2001

    Islas Malvinas is my waters contrary to what your queen has told you, and when are the pirats going home to UK I heard they are british not Argentinos, maybe british subjects only understand force, I hope you do see why Argetina needs a nuclear defence program like the one in Israel, Pakistan and India, we have to get rid of a nasty occupation of our land in Islas Malvinas, Argentina.

    Sep 01st, 2010 - 08:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    Sigh. This story is about a royal navy vessel which caught drug smugglers in the mid atlantic, not around the falkland islands. Try reading the story before you beat the keyboard with your knuckles.

    A nuclear weapon would not stop or alter the falkland islands in any way, shape or form.

    Sep 01st, 2010 - 08:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    I gather HMS Gloucester already has a tactical plan if surrounded by the entire argy navy. Gloucester's crew will man the rails and pee over the side. Thereby sinking the whole lot in one go!

    Sep 02nd, 2010 - 10:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Cadfael

    Saw vargoose on U-tube, very funny with the sound off, it's called Sirius Explosion!!
    Can someone do a link for me, just off out!

    Sep 03rd, 2010 - 04:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marco

    conke or typ or harry, I remember those Argentinian Navy pilots sinking the HMS Sheffield and the Atlantic Conveyor with all the cargo.

    Sep 04th, 2010 - 05:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    And yet you still failed.

    Sep 04th, 2010 - 05:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    marco, you remember nothing, your still in the nut house,

    Sep 05th, 2010 - 09:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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