NZ Navy sailors honoured for intercepting pirates


Three Royal New Zealand Navy sailors have received medals for their roles in intercepting pirates and seizing drugs in operations off the coast of Somalia, Tanzania and in the Indian Ocean.

Leading Hydrographic Survey Technician Samuel Martin, and Able Seaman Combat Specialists Samantha Carter and Leevi Eaton have been deployed for the last seven months on Australian ship HMAS Melbourne, the RNZN said.

Over the past two weeks they were part of a team involved in intercepts, searches and the seizure operations on several vessels resulting in the interception of 543kg of heroin and 1951kgs of hashish off the coast of Tanzania and Oman.

In October last year, they were also involved in the interception and transportation of nine suspected pirates off the Somali Coast, the navy said.

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