The Plymouth-based warship, HMS Argyll, has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of £21 million. It followed a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean.
The Type 23 frigate is on counter-narcotic operations in the region and was tasked to pursue a suspicious boat. The ship used its sea boats and Lynx helicopter to detain the crew and seize the drugs.
Five people found on board the boat were detained in HMS Argyll and handed over to US justice on Friday (22 August).
The Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll will leave Plymouth this lunchtime on it's latest deployment across the Atlantic. Friends and family are expected to wave off the ship with traditional flags and good luck banners from the dockyard, on Devil's Point and the Hoe.
Hundreds of friends and family are expected on the quayside at Devonport to welcome home HMS Argyll. The frigate has been on patrol in the Middle East for more than 6 months.
The trip has made one crewman a record breaker. John Wicking has spent more than 5,000 days at sea during his career.