US Navy seized Iranian petroleum products and hundreds of missiles from vessels in Arabian Sea

The weapons, the department stated in the Tuesday release, were taken by the United States throughout “routine maritime security operations.”

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps arranged the deliveries of weapons, which were bound for Houthi militias in Yemen, the Justice Department stated. The petroleum was drawn from “four foreign-flagged tankers in or around the Arabian Sea while en route to Venezuela,” according to the release.

United States Navy Central Command took the weapons from 2 “flagless vessels” in the Arabian Sea on 2 celebrations: November 25, 2019, and February 9, 2020.

“These successful forfeiture actions are a product of the U.S. government’s coordinated efforts to enforce U.S. sanctions against the IRGC and the Iranian regime,” the release mentioned.

Assistant Chief Law Officer Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Department included that “the actions of the United States in these two cases strike a resounding blow to the Government of Iran and to the criminal networks supporting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.”

The weapons consisted of “171 guided anti-tank missiles, eight surface-to-air missiles, land attack cruise missile components, anti-ship cruise missile components, thermal weapon optics and other components for missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles,” or drones, the release help. The United States acquired 3 type “358” surface-to-air rockets and 150 “Dehlavieh” anti-tank directed rockets in the 2020 weapons seizure.

The Justice Department surrendered the weapons through the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The court supported the department’s findings, concurring the weapons became part of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps trafficking network “designed to distribute illicit weapons to the Houthi movement in Yemen,” the release stated.

The petroleum items were taken since the United States federal government thought they came from Iran and their sale would benefit the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an Iranian entity approved by the United States, the federal government declared in a problem submitted in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on July 2, 2020.

The court, on October 1, 2021, concurred with the federal government, discovering that the petroleum and its possible sale would benefit the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the release stated.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.