On January 10, the United States Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) announced that the 5th Fleet had intercepted a fishing vessel that was smuggling assaults rifles while transiting international waters along a maritime route from Iran to Yemen.
In a statement, the command said that the vessel, which was crewed by six Yemeni nationals, was intercepted in the Gulf of Oman on January 6. At least 2,116 AK-47-type rifles were seized from the vessel.
A U.S. Navy boarding team from patrol coastal ship USS Chinook (PC 9) initially discovered and seized the weapons with support from USS Monsoon (PC 4) and guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68).
NAVCENT said that the vessel was sailing on a route historically used to traffic “illicit cargo” to the Houthis (Ansar Allah) in Yemen.
“This shipment is part of a continued pattern of destabilizing activity from Iran,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “These threats have our attention. We remain vigilant in detecting any maritime activity that impedes freedom of navigation or compromises regional security.”
This was the first such seizure by the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet this year. The fleet operates in the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean and three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandeb and Suez Canal.
Last year, the 5th Fleet intercepted several vessels which were allegedly smuggling weapons, military equipment and dual-use materials to the Houthis. On December 1, forces operating from expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) seized more than 50 tons of ammunition rounds, fuses and propellants for rockets in the Gulf of Oman.
The U.S. says that its naval operations around Yemen are in line with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, which bans the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of weapons to the Houthis.
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How many got past wankle sam’s nigger-spic staffed skiffs?
How many kids in my basement lots
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Yemen (i.e. Houtis, Ansar Allah) have not need weapons……… since they make them in Yemen. Americans seize something from time to time………………… they have a lot of imagination, but it doesn’t change the fate of the forces of evil, including the Saudis, who are losers.
The rule of thumb for Iran says that anytime something is taken from Iran, Iran takes something instead. If Iran confiscates any corresponding belongings of Yankees, only then you can be sure the US actually took something from Iran. Otherwise you are regurgitating American skit.
.us has stolen some AKs… wow great fullspectrumdominanz!!! göbels would be proud of the USNAVi!
Putin may have ordered them for his failed military 🪖🪖. EH
With your two rifles and 3 tanks Canadian army😱😱😱. Wef controlled government. All of Nato can’t fight Russia, loser
How dare the Yemenis defend themselves against people bombing the shit out of them day on and day out. The audacity of those pricks.
US Terror world wide. Those weapons will go to Ukraine now. US/NATO supporting the Ukraine NAZIS from day one. But then again US and the west did say; Ukraine is just like us.
US thugs will give this arms the ISIL terrorist in syria and iraq now.
Those that interfere in the other people businesses are like Washingtonians. NATO always create dirt in the world because they are dirty.
Go seize your own US weapons to Ukraine, bastard hypocrits!!
America/Israel supplying weapons to terror groups and corrupt states:👍
Anyone else does it:👎
Time to bobytrap some vessels, or fix torpedos on those vessels. When the yanks came close send them the gratings and kaboooom, blub blub blub bey bey yankees. They are to far from home whit there piracy.
or accompany the ship with a mini submarine that greets the inspectors with a few torpedoes and missiles
is it really, an illegal shipment?? but it wasnt illegal to ship tens of thousands of arms and thousands of tonns of ammo to the wahabi salafi islamists in syria to fight assad? the usual american and western double standards, hypocrisy and mendacity. the iranians should provide much more equipment and machinery to the houthi to be able to produce more in the country by themself.
The US navy should fly the flag of skull and crossbones because really, that’s all they are.