USS Nitze (DDG 94) intercepted 2,200 kilograms of cannabis and 330 kilograms of methamphetamine because the fishing vessel transited worldwide waters. Nitze was working in assist of Mixed Activity Pressure (CTF) 153, established by the Mixed Maritime Forces in April to spice up multinational collaboration within the Pink Sea, Bab al-Mandeb and Gulf of Aden.
“I’m happy with the Nitze’s excellent effort in assist of our mission,” mentioned U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Francis, commodore of CTF 153. “Our multinational activity drive was established to reinforce maritime safety within the Pink Sea, Bab al-Mandeb and Gulf of Aden, and this main drug seizure reveals our dedication to doing simply that.”
CTF 153 is one among 4 activity forces organized beneath the Mixed Maritime Forces, the world’s largest worldwide naval partnership consisting of 34 member-nations. The multinational activity forces function throughout the Center East to advertise rules-based worldwide order at sea.
Over the previous two years, forces from the Mixed Maritime Forces have seized roughly $900 million price of illicit narcotics whereas patrolling worldwide waters throughout the Center East.
Nitze is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer named for Paul Nitze who served because the Navy’s 58th secretary within the Sixties. The ship started working within the Center East this summer season and is deployed abroad as a part of the USS George H. W. Bush Provider Strike Group.