US Navy Seized Large Stockpile of Illegal Weapons

A joint US Navy and Coast Guard operation seized a vast quantity of illegal weapons from a small ship sailing in the North Arabian Sea last week.

The USS Monterey, a 567-foot (173-meter) cruiser, stopped a stateless ship as part of a routine operation to verify its registry.

A US Coast Guard Advanced Interdiction Team boarded the ship and found a large stockpile of weapons on board.

The massive quantity of illegal weapons recovered covered most of the US warship’s rear flight deck area.

“The 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 grenade launchers. Other weapon components included advanced optical sights,” a Navy spokesman said.

The origin and destination of the large arsenal of illegal weapons are still under investigation. Previous seizure of illegal weapons has occurred in the same area before.

Lt. Cmdr. Pete Pagano, a spokesperson for the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, said that previous seizures have been found to be bound to the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The Navy will secure possession of the weapons in US custody while the investigation is ongoing.

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