US Navy Seizes Illegal Weapons In Arabian Sea

WASHINGTON: USS Normandy, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser in the service of the United States Navy, conducted an operation in the Arabian sea and seized a large cache of weapons including Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM).

According to a report, the operation was conducted on Feb 9 when USS Normandy, while conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. Central Command area of operations in the Arabian Sea, boarded a dhow in accordance with international law and discovered the cache of weapons.

The report states that the weapons seized include 150 “Dehlavieh” anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM),  Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs.

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, as well as other munitions and advanced weapons parts.

The report suggested that many of these weapons systems were identical to the advanced weapons and weapon components seized by guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) in the Arabian Sea on Nov. 25, 2019, which were determined to be of Iranian origin and assessed to be destined for the Houthis in Yemen, in clear violation of a UN Security Council Resolution that prohibits the direct or indirect supply, sale, or transfer of weapons to the Houthis.

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