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HMS Argyll briefed in Portugal on illegal drugs trade ahead of South Atlantic deployment

Thursday, February 28th 2013 - 05:57 UTC
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Type 23 'Duke' Class frigate docked in Lisbon Type 23 'Duke' Class frigate docked in Lisbon

South Atlantic patrol HMS Argyll has stopped at Lisbon to be briefed on the illegal drugs trade off West Africa in preparation for her Atlantic deployment, according to a Royal Navy release.

The Plymouth based frigate arrived in Portugal after leaving the UK a week ago for a 7-month deployment so that the ship’s crew could be briefed on their impending mission by leaders in the fight against the illegal narcotics trade.

Lisbon is home to the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre-Narcotics, an international crime-fighting organization of European nations, including the UK, responsible for tackling drug-trafficking from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa to the North Cape in Norway.

Experts from the centre joined representatives of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership on board HMS Argyll to offer advice on her impending operations in west African waters.

Commander Tim Neild, HMS Argyll’s commanding officer said that as the vessel prepares for operations, “it is vital that my team is fully briefed and up-to-date on the illicit activity off the West African coast and the operations centre in Portugal is the centre of excellence in this field.

“With their advice my team is now fully equipped and ready to join in the global fight against narcotics and I am confident that we will deliver success in all that is asked of us”.

On completion of her tasking in the Atlantic the ship will undertake a number of high-profile regional engagement visits before returning to Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, at the end of the boreal summer.


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  • slattzzz

    Must be a record this story has been on here all day and we haven't had one comment about militarizing the south atlantic

    Feb 28th, 2013 - 08:39 pm 0
  • briton

    Apparently the crew have been told to hid the nuclear weapons, and deny all knowledge of anything,
    And deny everything,
    Apparently CFK is climbing the walls of frustration..

    Feb 28th, 2013 - 09:02 pm 0
  • Santa Fe

    Don't you wish your navy had ships like this

    Feb 28th, 2013 - 10:10 pm 0
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