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Navy helicopters ‘bag’ Afghan drugs

August 18, 2011

The Royal Navy’s airborne surveillance and control helicopters in recent months have helped seize and destroy over five tons of Taliban drugs with a ‘street value’ in excess of £6m.

A vehicle intercepted by Royal Navy Sea King helicopters in Helmand province, Afghanistan, is found to be trafficking opium. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

A vehicle intercepted by Royal Navy Sea King helicopters in Helmand province, Afghanistan, is found to be trafficking opium. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

As well as the drugs, the crews of 854 and 857 Naval Air Squadrons have contributed to the capture of 15 suspected insurgents, the recovery of over six tons of explosives and hundreds of weapons and radios.

Affectionately known as the ‘Baggers’, the Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control (SKASaC) Mk7 helicopter crews utilise the aircraft’s cutting-edge surveillance radar to track suspicious activity on the ground and feed this vital information to other aircraft and a wide range of ground units.

Continues at: mod.uk – Navy helicopters ‘bag’ Afghan drugs

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    August 18, 2011 22:25

    Notice is important, for the war to drugs, that reflect negatively on taliban financial resources and have instead a great positive repercussion on troops morale.
    It is a war to give security to transition phase . I plause to this win and solidarize with You.

    Sincerily claudio Alpaca

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