first published on December 5, 2019 by Will
US officials have announced that a US Navy warship, along with a US Coast Guard boarding team, have intercepted a “significant cache” of guided missile components being smuggled from Iran into Yemen last Wednesday.
The guided-missile destroyer Forrest Sherman and Coast Guard patrol vessels apprehended a small, suspicious-looking boat in the Arabian Sea, which wasn’t displaying any national colors. After boarding and searching the vessel, the advanced weapon systems were discovered as well as evidence showing the boat had originated in Iran.
Although this isn’t the first time Iranian weapons were intercepted on their way to Yemen, US officials are saying that the weapons that were confiscated were significantly more sophisticated than any others previously seized.
However, the nomenclatures and amount of missiles confiscated has not been released by the Pentagon.
Coincidentally, the smuggling interdiction operation occurred the same day that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were having a meeting regarding Iran and their continued arming of Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The following video from 2015 shows daily operations aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), to include conducting a 5-inch missile live fire event, flight quarters, and visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) training.