Photo Credit: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sang Kim
Pakistani corvette PNS Tabuk, front, and fast attack craft PNS Azmat sail alongside amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), during a passing exercise in the Gulf of Oman, Nov. 11, 2021.

The British Navy seized a cargo of Iranian weapons last month from a smugglers’ boat traversing the Gulf of Oman.

The vessel was spotted during the night by an unmanned US intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance plane as it traveled south from Iran at high speed.


Among the weapons seized were anti-tank missiles and fins for medium-range ballistic missile assembly.

The vessel, also tracked by a British helicopter, attempted to flee to Iranian territorial waters when it was hailed by the UK Royal Navy.

The smugglers were stopped by a team of British Royal Marines who then boarded the vessel and seized the cargo.

“This seizure by HMS Lancaster and the permanent presence of the Royal Navy in the Gulf region supports our commitment to uphold international law and tackle activity that threatens peace and security around the world,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told reporters.

The UK informed the United Nations about its seizure of the weaponry, which appeared to be headed to Yemen.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.