U.S. Navy Intercepts Yemen-Bound Arms Smugglers

Third major arms haul in region.

U.S. Navy Intercepts Yemen-Bound Arms Smugglers

The U.S. Navy announced Monday that the coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco intercepted and boarded a stateless vessel in the Arabian Sea and confiscated a cargo of weapons.

The cache included 1,500 AK-47s, 200 RPG launchers and 21 .50 caliber heavy machine guns.  Military intelligence assessed that the arms shipment originated in Iran and was likely bound for Houthi insurgents in Yemen.

The Sirocco was supported by USS Gravely, which was directed to assist following the discovery of the weapons.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

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