July 2, 2008 / 11:36 AM / 12 years ago

Prince William's navy ship in drugs bust

The Royal Navy frigate HMS Iron Duke sits at anchor at sunset just off Bridgetown, Barbados June 19, 2008. REUTERS/Andy Clark

LONDON (Reuters) - A Royal Navy warship on which Prince William is serving has seized cocaine worth at least 40 million pounds in a major drugs bust, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.

The frigate HMS Iron Duke intercepted an ocean-going speedboat on Saturday several hundred miles northeast of Barbados in a joint operation with the United States Coast Guard, the Ministry said.

U.S. Coast Guards boarded the speedboat, seized 45 bales of cocaine, weighing a total of 900 kg (1,984 lb), and arrested the five-man crew. The drugs were then transferred to HMS Iron Duke.

William is on a two-month attachment with the Royal Navy until August 1.

Reporting by Kate Kelland. Editing by Alison Williams

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