USS Jason intercepted a ship in the Gulf of Aden
- September 1, 2018
The USS Jason Dunham, US Navy destroyer, has intercepted a boat transporting hundreds of small arms in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday.
The official said the boarded vessel’s destination was not immediately clear, though US officials have said that ships intercepted in this area in the past have been linked to Iranian efforts to support Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The US is analyzing the evidence on board to determine the boat’s origin and destination, the official said.
USS Jason Dunham deployed from Norfolk in April 2018 as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and operated in the US 6th Fleet area of operations before transiting to the US 5th Fleet. The 5th Fleet AOP connects the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points around the Arabian Peninsula.