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Royal Navy warship HMS Dragon has returned to its home base after a 'record-breaking' deployment during which the crew seized drugs with an estimated value of £200 million.
The Type 45 destroyer carried out eight successful raids during its seven-month deployment to the Middle East during which it seized 18,400kg of narcotics - more drugs than seized by police in the UK in a year.
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After HMS Dragon arrived at Portsmouth Naval Base, its commanding officer Commander Michael Carter-Quinn praised the crew.
He said: 'It really is great to be home. It's been a long and exceptionally busy seven months.
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'Thankfully there is plenty to show for the effort, not least the outcome of a record-breaking eight drug busts - 18 tonnes of drugs that will never reach our streets, and £200 million that will never reach the hands of terrorists and criminals.'
Describing the morale of the crew, he added jokingly: 'I would say they are all buzzing but possibly not the right thing to say after seizing six tonnes of hashish.'
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A Navy spokeswoman said: 'It was during dedicated periods drugs busting with global counter-terrorism organisation Combined Task Force 150 that Dragon...
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