Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina reels in over 2,500 kilograms of hashish

On April 6, 2019, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina seized 2,569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation ARTEMIS, the Canadian Armed Forces ongoing contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

“This seizure is a testament to the months of hard work HMCS Regina has conducted in preparation for our operational deployment. I’m very proud of the professionalism of our NTOG team, as well as our entire ship’s company. It was an all-ship effort and we are all proud to contribute to the disruption of the trade of illegal narcotics and in promoting a safer maritime environment in the region,” says Commander Jacob French, Commanding Officer HMCS Regina

HMCS Regina spotted a suspicious fishing vessel, known as a “dhow,” off the coast of Oman and proceeded to stop the boat to investigate further. 

The ship deployed its Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) team. 

The NTOG is a dedicated Royal Canadian Navy unit that specializes in advanced boarding operations at sea. A search of the dhow was conducted, during which 119 bags of hashish were located in the ice hold. The narcotics were transferred to HMCS Regina and subsequently destroyed.

This is the first seizure for HMCS Regina since it joined Operation ARTEMIS at the end of March 2019.

“Had CTF 150 not intervened, the hashish would have been sold locally, or in other markets, with the profits benefiting organized crime networks and terrorist organizations. A job well done to HMCS Regina, in their support of CTF 150’s work to promote stability in this part of the world,” said Commodore Darren Garnier, Royal Canadian Navy, Commander CTF 150

 HMCS Regina is operating in the region as part of the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150 is a task force under Combined Maritime Forces, a naval coalition of 33 nations that promotes security and stability in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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