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Arabian Sea - May 2022: The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) in the Arabian Sea, May 3, 2022. Momsen is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to help ensure maritime security and stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Navy photo by MCS 3rd Class Lily Gebauer)

Sailors and Coast Guard members attached to the destroyer Momsen seized 640 kilograms of methamphetamine from a fishing vessel May 15-16, while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Gulf of Oman. The haul is valued at $39 million.

The crew found the contraband during a flag-verification boarding. Both the vessel and illegal drugs remain in U.S. hands. The nine crewmembers of the fishing vessel, who identified themselves as Iranian, will be transferred to a nation in the region where they will be repatriated.

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According to a Navy announcement, Momsen was operating in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 when it encountered the vessel as it was traveling through international waters known as a route associated with unlawful maritime activity. The crew of the fishing vessel tried to discard more than 60 bales of the drug when Momsen approached.

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