On Thursday, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61) intercepted a stateless dhow sailing through the Arabian sea with dozens of Russian anti-tank missiles, thousands of Chinese AK-pattern Type 56 assault rifles and hundreds of PKM machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades launchers. The weapons shipment may have originated from Iran and have been bound for Yemeni rebels.
The Bahrain-based U.S. 5th Fleet announced the massive weapons bust in a Saturday press statement. The USS Monterey carried out the weapons bust with the assistance of its embarked U.S. Coast Guard Advanced Interdiction Team (AIT).
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