Hundreds of missiles, weapons and munitions likely headed from Iran to Houthi militants in Yemen are in U.S. hands, intercepted during an operation earlier this week in the Arabian Sea. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) announced the seizure Thursday, four days after sailors with the USS Normandy boarded a dhow in the Arabian Sea and found the secret cache.
H/T: Voice of America
According to a CENTCOM statement, “The weapons seized include 150 'Dehlavieh' anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), which are 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 following is a Feb. 9, 2020 video of a Visit Board Search and Seizure team from USS Normandy (CG-60) interdicting a dhow loaded with weapons the U.S. says was bound for Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Funny how that works...no international outrage over weapons smuggling.https://t.co/mHJs378kkN— Irina Tsukerman (@irinatsukerman) February 13, 2020
U.S. warship seizes 3 Iranian surface-to-air missiles, 150 anti-tank missiles,thermal imaging scopes, drone components and other weapons bound for Yemen.— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) February 13, 2020
USS Normandy nabbed the weapons while on patrol in the Arabian Sea. (Video: U.S. Navy) pic.twitter.com/7uUWXnHVRx