A US warship has intercepted two dhows carrying illicit shipments of weapons in international waters off the coast of Somalia, the US Navy has announced.
The weapons were seized by USS Winston S Churchill last week during a security operation, but the announcement was made on Tuesday.
The cache of weapons consisted of thousands of AK-47 assault rifles, light machine guns, heavy sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and crew served weapons, the US Navy said in a statement.
The cargo was discovered during a flag verification boarding, although the source of the weapons has not yet been identified.
“This joint team [army, navy and coast guard] on board Churchill came together to successfully execute this operation over the course of two days in the Indian Ocean,” Timothy Shanley, commanding officer of Churchill, is quoted as saying.
“These operations prevent nefarious actors from illegally spreading their lethal aid.”