US Navy seizes 'Iranian-manufactured' weapons in Arabian Sea raid

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

Navy personnel serving on the US cruiser Normandy uncovered a shipment of weapons aboard of a sailboat in the Arabian Sea after boarding the vessel "in accordance with global law", the US Central Command said on Thursday.

U.S. officials have confirmed to Fox News Thursday that a U.S. Navy warship intercepted Iranian-made weapons from a vessel in the Arabian Sea earlier this week.

The military said that the weapons seized on Sunday were "identical" to those seized by another USA warship in November.

The weapons seized in November were determined to be destined for Houthis, according to the USA military. The Iran-backed Houthis have been fighting Saudi Arabia's forces in Yemen for five years.

"Other weapons components seized aboard the dhow were of Iranian design and manufacture and included three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, Iranian thermal-imaging weapon scopes, and Iranian components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels" the February 13 statement said.

The weapons were "identical" to those seized in a similar operation last November by the USS Forrest Sherman.

Iranian weapons smuggling into Yemen violates two UN Security Council resolutions, one that prohibits Iran from shipping weapons outside its border, and another that prohibits supplying weapons to the Houthis amid Yemen's prolonged and bloody civil war. The assessment of the material will be an interagency and global effort.

"International partner nations and organizations have also been invited to inspect the cache", the statement said.

The operation is ongoing, and further information will be shared as it becomes available.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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