Navy Intercepts Ship With 180 Tons Of Iranian Explosives Headed To Yemen

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24:  A Coast Guard ship makes its way past the Statue of Liberty on the opening day of Fleet Week on May 24, 2017 in New York City.  Now in its 29th year, Fleet Week brings more than 3,700 U.S. and Canadian service members to Manhattan through Memorial Day. The event includes ship tours, military demonstrations, musical performances and other events.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard intercepted an enormous Iranian shipment of explosive materials headed to Yemen last week, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command.
  • The stateless fishing boat was carrying more than 180 tons of urea fertilizer and ammonium perchlorate when the Coast Guard ship USCGC John Scheuerman and Navy guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans came across the dhow in international waters of the Gulf of Oman on Nov. 8.
  • For the next five days explosive ordnance disposal technicians from the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force 56 and crew from the USS Hurricane searched the boat and identified the substances as urea fertilizer and ammonium perchlorate, which can both be used in explosives.

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