#AceNewsReport – May.11: Thousands of illicit weapons interdicted by guided-missile cruiser @USSMonterey (CG 61) from a stateless dhow in international waters of the North Arabian Sea on May 6-7,” it said:
U.S. 5th Fleet detains vessel with cache of Russian-made arms in Arabian Sea (Photo, video)Ma9, 2021: ‘The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet has detained a stateless vessel with a cache of Russian- and Chinese-made weapons in the North Arabian Sea: The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet said on Twitter on May 9, 2021’
The seized cache of weapons included dozens of advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles, thousands of Chinese Type 56 assault rifles, and hundreds of PKM machine guns, sniper rifles, and rocket-propelled grenades launchers. Other weapon components included advanced optical sights, the Bahrain-based Fleet said in a statement.Screenshot from @US5thFleet on Twitter
“USS Monterey and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard Advanced Interdiction Team (AIT) discovered the illicit cargo during a routine flag verification boarding conducted in international water in accordance with customary international law,” it said on Twitter.
The original source and intended destination of the materiel is under investigation.
USS Monterey provided more than 36 hours of over watch and security for its boarding teams and the interdicted vessel throughout the two-day operation.
After all illicit cargo was removed, the dhow was assessed for seaworthiness, and after questioning, its crew was provided food and water before being released.
US Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea ‘destined for Yemen from Iran’
May 09, 2021 09:31
DUBAI: The US Navy announced Sunday it seized an arms shipment of thousands of assault weapons, machines guns and sniper rifles hidden aboard a ship in the Arabian Sea, apparently bound for Yemen to support the country’s Houthi rebels.
An American defense official told The Associated Press that the Navy’s initial investigation found the vessel came from Iran, again tying the Islamic Republic to arming the Houthis despite a United Nations arms embargo. Iran’s mission to the UN did not immediately respond to a request for comment, though Tehran has denied in the past giving the rebels weapons.
Laid out on the deck of @USSMonterey
Cache of seized weapons included: dozens of advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles; 1000s of Chinese Type 56 assault rifles; 100s of PKM machine guns, sniper rifles & rocket-propelled grenades launchers. Plus advanced optical sights pic.twitter.com/U00EB74XEf
— U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) May 8, 2021
Thousands of illicit weapons interdicted by guided-missile cruiser @USSMonterey (CG 61) from a stateless dhow in international waters of the North Arabian Sea on May 6-7.
Cache of weapons included advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles & Chinese Type 56 assault rifles. pic.twitter.com/07Fv92vbrV — U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) May 8, 2021
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