U.S. 5th Fleet detains vessel with cache of Russian-made arms in Arabian Sea (Photo, video)

The seized cache of weapons included dozens of advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles.

The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet has detained a stateless vessel with a cache of Russian- and Chinese-made weapons in the North Arabian Sea.

The U.S. Navy’s 5th  Fleet said on Twitter on May 9, 2021.

“Thousands of illicit weapons interdicted by guided-missile cruiser @USSMonterey (CG 61) from a stateless dhow in international waters of the North Arabian Sea on May 6-7,” it said.

The seized cache of weapons included dozens of advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles, thousands of Chinese Type 56 assault rifles, and hundreds of PKM machine guns, sniper rifles, and rocket-propelled grenades launchers. Other weapon components included advanced optical sights, the Bahrain-based Fleet said in a statement.

Screenshot from @US5thFleet on Twitter

“USS Monterey and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard Advanced Interdiction Team (AIT) discovered the illicit cargo during a routine flag verification boarding conducted in international water in accordance with customary international law,” it said on Twitter.

The original source and intended destination of the materiel is under investigation.

USS Monterey provided more than 36 hours of over watch and security for its boarding teams and the interdicted vessel throughout the two-day operation.

After all illicit cargo was removed, the dhow was assessed for seaworthiness, and after questioning, its crew was provided food and water before being released.

Thousands of illicit weapons interdicted by guided-missile cruiser @USSMonterey (CG 61) from a stateless dhow in international waters of the North Arabian Sea on May 6-7.

Cache of weapons included advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles & Chinese Type 56 assault rifles. pic.twitter.com/07Fv92vbrV — U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) May 8, 2021

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6 comments

  • Which country near the North Arabian Sea, that is friendly with both Russia and China, would be receiving humanitarian aid? One clue, they also shot down a Ukrainian plane not long since.

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  • англійський масон

    The usual suspects of state sponsored terrorism.

    Some where a katsup freighter is unloading an even larger haul so that Africans can kill other Africans.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    I think that we pissed somebody off with this capture and this is very good.

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    • Neither Russia or China are whining about this of course. To really piss them off, send these weapons to Ukraine, they can use them. Killing Russians with Russian weapons has a nice karma to it.

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