During a routine check-in international waters, the missile cruiser USS Monterrey discovered a vessel with an impressive illicit cargo that included anti-tank guided missiles, assault rifles, PKM machine guns, rifles with a telescopic sight, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
The United States Navy has intercepted a shipment of thousands of weapons of war in the north of the Arabian Sea, many of them of Russian and Chinese manufacture, on board a vessel without a flag; the Central Command of the country's Naval Forces reported this Sunday. North American.
From the 5th Fleet Base in Bahrain, Central Command indicated in a statement that the cache contained dozens of Russian anti-tank guided missiles, thousands of Chinese Type 56 assault rifles, and hundreds of PKM machine guns, telescopic rifles, grenades. Launcher From rockets
The seized material also included modern optical sites, he added.
The weapon was "washed" (used in commercial activities) last Thursday during routine verification in international waters by the Missile Cruiser USS Monterrey and its Advanced Rescue Team (AIT) from the United States Coast Guard. A traditional Arab ship (without a flag) was found. , According to the note, in accordance with traditional international law.
After all the unloaded cargo was transferred to a U.S. ship, an operation that lasted two days was assessed as a "sink" for its naval capability and interrogated before its crew was released. Food and water were provided.
A video posted on the Fifth Fleet's Facebook account shows thousands of weapons stationed on the deck of the USS Monterey.
The Central Command added that it was still investigating the origin and destination of the weapons. This material is in the custody of the United States, pending a final settlement. Testing the results will be an international effort.
Bahrain, a small island country in the Persian Gulf, is home to the United States Fifth Naval Fleet headquarters. Passing through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Oman, from the Persian Gulf to parts of the Indian Ocean, or to many countries, or about 2.5 million square miles, the base and naval personnel there are key to monitoring and maintaining security. Have On US data.