The crew of the Royal Navy frigate Lancaster seized a massive 680kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of £100mn after intercepting a 30ft vessel near Puerto Rico in August.
The vessel, which was covered by a tarpaulin, was spotted by a US Customs and Border Protection Agency aircraft. On board were three men.
The frigate sped to the area and launched her Lynx helicopter and a highspeed pursuit boat to intercept the vessel. As the Lancaster approached, the men began throwing the drugs overboard, but these were later recovered by divers.
A total of 22 bales of pure cocaine were seized along with the three men. The suspected smugglers and cocaine were then handed over to the authorities in Puerto Rico. The empty drugs boat was subsequently sunk by the frigate’s gunfire to prevent her use in future smuggling operations.