//US warship seizes Iranian weapons, together with surface-to-air missiles, Navy says

US warship seizes Iranian weapons, together with surface-to-air missiles, Navy says

U.S. officers have confirmed to Fox Information Thursday {that a} U.S. Navy warship intercepted Iranian-made weapons from a vessel within the Arabian Sea earlier this week.

Crew members from the usNormandy seized an enormous cache of weapons from a dhow – a small vessel with lateen sails – on Sunday whereas conducting maritime safety operations within the U.S. Central space of operations.

The weapons and weapon parts had been supposed for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, in response to officers.

The crew of the USS Normandy seized an illicit shipment of advanced weapons and weapon components intended for the Houthis in Yemen, aboard a dhow during a maritime interdiction operation in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operations, Feb. 9, 2020.

The crew of the usNormandy seized a bootleg cargo of superior weapons and weapon parts supposed for the Houthis in Yemen, aboard a dhow throughout a maritime interdiction operation within the U.S. Fifth Fleet space of operations, Feb. 9, 2020.
(U.S. Navy picture by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lehman)

Among the many weapons seized had been 150 “Dehlavieh” anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), that are Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs.

Different weapons had been additionally Iranian design and manufacture, together with three surface-to-air missiles, thermal imaging weapon scopes, parts for unmanned aerial and floor vessels, in addition to different munitions and superior weapons components.

Lots of the weapons had been equivalent to these seized by the USS Forest Sherman in the Arabian Sea in November. These weapons had been additionally decided to be of Iranian origin and assessed to be destined for the Houthis in Yemen – a violation of UN Safety Council Decision that prohibits direct or indict provide, sale, or switch of weapons to the Houthis.


The weapons seized Sunday are actually in U.S. custody awaiting last disposition. The evaluation of the fabric will likely be an interagency and worldwide effort. Worldwide associate nations and organizations have additionally been invited to examine the cache.


The operation is ongoing, and additional info will likely be shared because it turns into obtainable.

Fox Information’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.