Australian Navy $600 million drug bust in the Arabian Sea

The Royal Australian Navy has seized more than 100 kilograms of heroin valued at $33 million during their latest operation in the Arabian Sea.

HMAS Warramunga has intercepted three shipments of drugs in the past fortnight, taking 11.5 tonnes of hashish and 180 kilograms of heroin.

The drugs have an approximate value of $629 million.


Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Stephanie Pannell (left) passes a bag a seized narcotics to Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor James Walker during an illicit cargo seizure.

Commanding Officer of Warramunga, Commander Dugald Clelland, said he was proud of the performance of his crew.

“This seizure was the result of a complex operation involving a thorough analysis of historical information, careful surveillance and hard work by the boarding party,” he said.

“The ongoing success of interrupting the flow of narcotics in the Middle East region highlights the enduring importance of a naval partnerships and promoting security in international waters.”

The drugs were destroyed and dumped at sea.

Executive Officer HMAS Warramunga Lieutenant Commander Warren Bechly, RAN records the amount of seized narcotics transferred to the ship following a successful boarding and search operation.