The cutter, assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, discovered and seized a substantial cache of advanced conventional weapons originating from Iran.

The boarding team uncovered over 200 packages containing medium-range ballistic missile components, explosives, unmanned underwater/surface vehicle (UUV/USV) components, military-grade communication and network equipment, anti-tank guided missile launcher assemblies, and other military components.

According to Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, CENTCOM commander, this interception highlights Iran's ongoing malign activities in the region. The supply of advanced conventional weapons to the Houthis directly violates international law, specifically U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, extended and renewed by resolutions 2675 and 2707.

Such actions not only breach international law but also pose a threat to the safety of international shipping and the free flow of commerce.

CENTCOM is steadfast in its commitment to collaborating with allies and partners to counter the illicit flow of Iranian lethal aid in the region.

This includes employing all lawful means, such as U.S. and U.N. sanctions and conducting interdictions to ensure regional stability and maritime security.