US Navy seizes cache of ‘Iranian manufactured’ weapons in Arabian Sea

  • US Navy seizes cache of ‘Iranian manufactured’ weapons in Arabian Sea

US Navy seizes cache of ‘Iranian manufactured’ weapons in Arabian Sea

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US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced Thursday afternoon that the USS Normandy (CG60) boarded a dhow in the Arabian Sea on Sunday and seized a "large cache" of Iranian-made weapons while conducting "maritime security operations".

In recent years, USA warships have intercepted and seized Iranian arms likely bound for Houthi fighters in Yemen.

The military said that the weapons seized on Sunday were "identical" to those seized by another USA warship in November.

The weapons seized by the USS Normandy were reportedly components "of Iranian design and manufacture", including three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, thermal imaging weapon scopes and other munitions and advanced weapons parts.

However, they noted that numerous seized weapons were "identical" to those seized in a raid by a different U.S. warship, the USS Forrest Sherman, in the Arabian Sea in November.

The statement noted that numerous munitions seized over the weekend by the USS Normandy guided-missile cruiser were similar to weapons and components seized in November by the crew of the USS Forrest Sherman guided-missile destroyer.

Under a United Nations resolution, Tehran is prohibited from supplying, selling or transferring weapons outside the country unless approved by the Security Council. The assessment of the material will be an interagency and global effort. Global partner nations and organizations have also been invited to inspect the cache.

The operation is ongoing, and further information will be shared as it becomes available.