U.S. Navy Intercepts Fishing Boat Smuggling Ammunition in Gulf of Oman -Statement

 – The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet said on Saturday it had intercepted a fishing trawler smuggling “more than 50 tonnes of ammunition rounds, fuses and propellants for rockets” in the Gulf of Oman along a maritime route from Iran to Yemen on Dec. 1.

“Navy personnel operating from expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) discovered the illicit cargo during a flag verification boarding, marking U.S. 5th Fleet’s second major illegal weapons seizure within a month,” it added in a statement.

Courtesy Desiree King/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Marines prepare to land an MV-22B Osprey aboard the USS Lewis B. Puller in the Persian Gulf, May 11, 2019. Picture taken on May 11, 2019.

(Reporting by Enas Alashray and Yomna Ehab; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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