A Royal Navy ship has destroyed a boat that was being used by drug smugglers and seized around £24 million worth of cocaine in the Caribbean.
HMS Medway, alongside a US Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment and accompanying aircraft, followed the drug-filled boat after it was located off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
Once the vessel stopped, authorities boarded and discovered several sacks filled with cocaine, containing more than 400kg.
All three crew members on board the boat were detained.
The vessel was travelling along a well-known drug smuggling route with authorities believing the boat departed from South America.
Authorities removed the illicit cargo and HMS Medway's gunnery team destroyed the boat.
Chris Hollingworth, Commander of HMS Medway, said: "Everyone involved demonstrated their professionalism during a challenging pursuit.
"It might be the first, but we're going to make sure that it won't be the last, and I speak on behalf of everyone here in saying this has galvanised our determination to succeed.
Hollingworth added: "Together with our partner on board Medway and up in the skies above us, we're able to smash a hole in the supply chain and disrupt the movement of these harmful drugs before they have the chance to harm people at home and abroad.
"I'm exceptionally proud of the collective effort of my ship's company and our colleagues from the US Coast Guard for their proactive attitude and total commitment to the task."