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Old 02-13-2020, 12:49 PM
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Thumbs up The Navy just seized a bunch of Iranian missiles from a boat in the Arabian Sea

The Navy just seized a bunch of Iranian missiles from a boat in the Arabian Sea
By: David Roza - Task & Purpose - 02-13-20

See photo link on site only. I'd say they got a pretty good haul of weapons.
The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), in accordance with international law, seized an illicit shipment of advanced weapons and weapon components intended for the Houthis in Yemen on Sunday Feb. 9, 2020 (Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lehman)

A Navy guided missile cruiser uncovered a huge stockpile of heavy weaponry on Sunday when it boarded a stateless dhow (a traditional Arab sailing vessel) in the Arabian Sea that was chock full of surface-to-air-missiles and anti-tank missiles intended for Houthi rebels in Yemen.

According to a statement released by U.S. Central Command on Thursday, the weapons discovered by the USS Normandy included 150 'Dehlavieh' anti-tank guided missiles, which are Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs.

There were also three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, Iranian thermal imaging weapon scopes, Iranian components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels, and other munitions and advanced weapons parts.

CENTCOM said the haul was similar to a seizure of advanced weapons made in November by the guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman, which also occurred in the Arabian Sea. Those weapons were also Iranian and bound for the Houthis, a Yemeni Shiite group that is fighting Saudi Arabia in what many see as a proxy war with Iran.

Supplying the Houthis with weapons is illegal according to a United Nations Security Resolution, CENTCOM said. The seized weapons are now in U.S. custody, awaiting final disposition by interagency and international partners, the command said.

At the time of the boarding, the Normandy had been conducing routine maritime security patrols in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operations, CENTCOM said.


Personal note: Way to go - Navy and Coast Guard nothing like taking away their stash of weapons. Good Job Guy's.


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