GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 29, 2022) A civilian fishing vessel burns in the Gulf of Oman, Oct. 29. The vessel, found to be smuggling illicit cargo, was set on fire by the fishing vessel’s crew as U.S. forces approached. (U.S. Navy photo)

 

Patrol coastal ships USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) and USS Chinook (PC 9) approach a burning fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman, Oct. 29. The vessel, found to be smuggling illicit cargo, was set on fire by the fishing vessel’s crew as U.S. forces approached. (U.S. Navy photo)

 

Drug smuggling in the Gulf of Oman remains a significant issue for maritime security forces in the region.  In the last year, vessels of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) have seized heroin, methamphetamine, amphetamine pills and hashish worth about $300 million combined.