Image of weapons seized by the USS Normandy on the Arabian Sea Sunday. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lehman, U.S. Navy/UPI

Navy confiscates Iranian weapons in Arabian Sea


Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy earlier this week stopped a ship in the Arabian Sea believed to be bound for Yemen loaded with Iranian-made missiles and other weapons, U.S. Central Command said Thursday.

The USS Normandy made the maritime stop while on a security patrol in the Arabian Sea on Sunday.

"The weapons seized include 150 'Dehlavieh' anti-tank guided missiles, which are Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs," a statement from CENTCOM said.

The Navy also found three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, Iranian thermal imaging weapon scopes, and Iranian components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels, along with other munitions and advanced weapons parts.

"Many of these weapons systems are identical to the advanced weapons and weapon components seized by the guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman in the Arabian Sea on Nov. 25, 2019," CENTCOM said.

"Those weapons were determined to be of Iranian origin and assessed to be destined for the Houthis in Yemen, which would be in violation of a U.N. Security Council Resolution that prohibits the direct or indirect supply, sale, or transfer of weapons to the Houthis," CENTCOM said.

Iran has a long history of backing the Houthi rebels in their uprising against the Yemeni government that started in 2015. The government, backed by Saudi Arabia, has waged a civil war against the Houthis since the uprising.

More than 100,000 have been killed and some 4.3 million people have been displaced during the Yemen civil war, according to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees.

(0) Leave a comment

Latest Headlines

U.S. News // 9 hours ago
Woman accused of trespassing at Mar-a-Lago gets 6 months in jail
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A Palm Beach County, Fla., judge on Friday sentenced a Chinese national to six months in jail for resisting arrest after she was accused of trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.

U.S. News // 10 hours ago
Lawyer Michael Avenatti guilty of trying to extort Nike
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A federal jury in New York convicted attorney Michael Avenatti on charges he attempted to extort more than $20 million from Nike.

U.S. News // 11 hours ago
United Airlines extends grounding of Boeing 737 Max through Labor Day
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- United Airlines announced Friday it's extending its grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft until Labor Day weekend.

U.S. News // 12 hours ago
Justice Dept. drops investigation of former FBI deputy Andrew McCabe
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Justice Department has dropped its investigation into former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over accusations he leaked information to news media, his attorneys said Friday.

U.S. News // 14 hours ago
S.C. police link man to missing girl after both found dead
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Authorities said Friday they have linked a 30-year-old man to a missing 6-year-old South Carolina girl who vanished earlier this week, after both were found dead.

U.S. News // 12 hours ago
Court upholds injunction against HHS' Medicaid work requirement
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court on Friday sided with a lower court ruling that blocked a Trump administration work requirement for Medicaid recipients to receive benefits, calling the government's mandate "arbitrary."

U.S. News // 12 hours ago
Police: DNA links Maryland man to 24-year-old murder case
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A now-dead Maryland man who was once considered a possible murder suspect by the popular podcast Serial has been identified as the probable killer in a different, 24-year-old cold case, authorities said.

U.S. News // 13 hours ago
Delta unveils 10-year plan to become world's 1st carbon-neutral airline
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Delta Air Lines, the United States' second-largest carrier, announced plans Friday to mount an ambitious 10-year strategy during which it will spend $1 billion and become the world's first carbon-neutral airline.

U.S. News // 15 hours ago
Census: U.S. life expectancy to keep rising, but at slower rate by 2060
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Americans will continue to lengthen their lifespans in the coming decades, albeit at a slower rate, with average life expectancy stretching by more than six years by 2060, the U.S. Census reported Friday.

U.S. News // 16 hours ago
Tesla plans second stock offering to raise more than $2B
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Automaker Tesla says it will make a secondary stock offer in a bid to raise more than $2 billion to shore up its balance sheet -- less than two weeks after Elon Musk said it "didn't make sense" to raise more money.