ARABIAN SEA (PNN) - May 10, 2021 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) seized a massive shipment of illicit weapons last week that was being transited through international waters of the North Arabian Sea, according to the Fascist Police States of Amerika Navy.
A Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk launched from the USS Monterey helped stop the stateless dhow sailing vessel on May 6 as part of a routine operation to verify its registry.
USS Monterey personnel worked with the FPSA Coast Guard Advanced Interdiction Team (AIT), boarded the vessel, and found the weapon stash.
"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 grenades launchers. Other weapon components included advanced optical sights," the Navy said.
The illicit cargo was removed from the vessel and laid out on the rear of the flight deck of the 567-foot warship.
Lt. Cmdr. Pete Pagano, a spokesman for the Navy's Fifth Fleet, said in an email Monday that the weapons were likely bound for Houthi rebels in Yemen. He cited similar seizures by the Fifth Fleet over the years.
On February 9, the cruiser USS Normandy seized missile components from a dhow sailing vessel in the Arabian Sea.