A CFB Esquimalt-based navy ship seized more than 600 kilograms of cocaine off the coast of Central America.

HMCS Saskatoon in cooperation with the US Coast Guard intercepted a suspicious vessel on Sunday.

The navy ship launched an inflatable boat and crew members boarded the panga-style vessel after it was spotted by a maritime patrol aircraft.

Three suspected smugglers were arrested.

Thirty-three bales, approximately 660 kilograms, of cocaine were recovered from inside the vessel and the ocean after the suspected smugglers threw some of the cargo overboard.

"I am extremely pleased to see that the great training the crew has received in recent months came together for a successful interdiction in support of regional stability,” said Lieutenant-Commander Todd Bacon, Commanding Officer HMCS Saskatoon.

The Canadian Navy ship is patrolling the Eastern Pacific as part of operation CARIBBE.