British and American forces have joined efforts to intercept an unlawful weapons cargo from Iran, through the operation, which happened within the Gulf of Oman, US forces offered assist for intelligence gathering, surveillance, and reconnaissance to Royal Navy. The coordinated efforts between the 2 nations resulted within the discovery of anti-tank-guided missiles and missile parts on a small boat of Iranian origin. HMS Lancaster, a Royal Navy frigate, confiscated the illicit weapons cargo, which included Iranian variations of Russian 9M133 Kornet anti-tank guided missiles, often called “Dehlavieh” in Iran, and medium-range ballistic missile parts.
Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of US Naval Forces Central Command, US fifth Fleet and Mixed Maritime Forces stated: “That is the seventh unlawful weapon or drug interdiction within the final three months and one more instance of Iran’s growing malign maritime exercise throughout the area.
“We are going to proceed to work with our companions in pursuing any destabilizing exercise that threatens regional maritime safety and stability.”
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