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  • Cocaine yacht intercepted by Border Force off Cornish coast

    A "significant" amount of cocaine has been seized by Border Force officers at a Cornish harbour.
    Five men were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking offences by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Border Force officers at Newlyn Harbour in Cornwall at about 07:00 BST.
    Onlookers said there was "lots of activity" when a large Border Force boat pulled alongside a catamaran.
    The NCA said the men were now being questioned by its officers.
    In a statement the NCA said: "As part of an National Crime Agency led operation, the Border Force cutter HMC Vigilant intercepted a catamaran off the south west coast of Cornwall and escorted the vessel into Newlyn harbour this morning.
    "The investigation is ongoing and a significant quantity of cocaine has been removed from the boat."
    More stories from across Cornwall
    Officers from the NCA and Border Force, supported by Devon and Cornwall Police, remain at the scene as searches continue.
    Irish Defence forces and other irish assets all over this one.
    Looking like two tonnes.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-45355016

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    https://www.rte.ie/news/uk/2018/0830...glish-channel/

    Perhaps in a decade or two, editors in national media will eventually notice that it is not called the "Aer" Corps.

    ** they edited it!
    Last edited by pym; 31 August 2018, 00:58.

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    • #3
      Perhaps in a century or so the national broadcaster will no longer feel the need to refer to the Defence Forces as the 'Irish' Defence Forces. The Israeli, New Zealand and Japanese equivalents seem so remote as to not warrant the distinction .........

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      • #4
        Looking at the British media, not a word on the BBC or in the press that we support the Brits. Fair dues to the NCA who at least thanks us for supporting them in their tweet but no mention in the press release. Prehaps they do not want to be reminded, they being the "ruler of the waves", that they lack any maritime patrol aircraft!!!

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        • #5
          Earlier this week, a russian destroyer was escorted through british waters, not by an RN destroyer or frigate, but by a hunt class Minesweeper....
          Main armament a 30mm cannon.

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          • #6
            Tracked covertly the full width of the Irish EEZ by the DF

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            • #7
              Originally posted by EUFighter View Post
              Looking at the British media, not a word on the BBC or in the press that we support the Brits. Fair dues to the NCA who at least thanks us for supporting them in their tweet but no mention in the press release. Prehaps they do not want to be reminded, they being the "ruler of the waves", that they lack any maritime patrol aircraft!!!
              It is good to have assets "ready to go" from Atlantic's premier OPV Fleet. Nice to reciprocate all the free SAR assist and surveillance over many, many, years. We need to PUSH our own publicity within the bounds of any mutual security requirements. BZ our side and well done to NCA ( uk ) .

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              • #8
                Originally posted by na grohmit� View Post
                Earlier this week, a russian destroyer was escorted through british waters, not by an RN destroyer or frigate, but by a hunt class Minesweeper....
                Main armament a 30mm cannon.
                I noted on ais earlier this week an Irish OPV passing through British waters.

                Should the RN have tasked a destroyer to escort that ship...or are you just being a little bit overscrupulous
                'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by spider View Post
                  I noted on ais earlier this week an Irish OPV passing through British waters.

                  Should the RN have tasked a destroyer to escort that ship...or are you just being a little bit overscrupulous
                  RN always keeps an eye on Russian vessels passing nearby

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by spider View Post
                    I noted on ais earlier this week an Irish OPV passing through British waters.

                    Should the RN have tasked a destroyer to escort that ship...or are you just being a little bit overscrupulous
                    All ships of all recognised countries/agencies have the right of " innocent passage ". In case of warships outside of Alliances or common purpose at the time , say SAR , it would be SOP that local navies would show interest in any cuckoo in the nest. I was on a Dutch Leander, as part of a course, when I got up after a jolting sleep to find the jolting was a 27knot intercept to escort a two Russian Unit up the Norwegian coast. It turned out a large portion of the Russian Navy was at sea after a nuclear accident in port. The Swedes wouldn't allow P21 to anchor overnight in their territorial seas on a visit in the Baltic area. The General rule is, if it's Russian , escort it.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ancientmariner View Post
                      All ships of all recognised countries/agencies have the right of " innocent passage ". In case of warships outside of Alliances or common purpose at the time , say SAR , it would be SOP that local navies would show interest in any cuckoo in the nest. I was on a Dutch Leander, as part of a course, when I got up after a jolting sleep to find the jolting was a 27knot intercept to escort a two Russian Unit up the Norwegian coast. It turned out a large portion of the Russian Navy was at sea after a nuclear accident in port. The Swedes wouldn't allow P21 to anchor overnight in their territorial seas on a visit in the Baltic area. The General rule is, if it's Russian , escort it.
                      Thank You AM; you can always be relied upon for informed and sensible input.
                      'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DeV View Post
                        RN always keeps an eye on Russian vessels passing nearby
                        Aye I know
                        'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

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