Royal Navy ship HMS Montrose seized Iranian weapons from speedboats south of Iran
The Royal Navy has seized Iranian missiles being smuggled out of the country on speedboats after a high-speed pursuit by Wildcat helicopters.
The first-of-its-kind raid intercepted weapons that were likely being transported to Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen
Royal Marine commandos impounded surface-to-air-missiles and engines for land attack cruise missiles in two operations in February, the MoD has revealed.
HMS Montrose, a British Type-23 frigate, led the operation to halt the illegal weapon supplies.
It is likely the weapons were being transported to Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen, in contravention of a UN Security Council resolution.
This is the first time a British warship has intercepted a vessel carrying such sophisticated weapons from Iran.
Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey said: “The UK is committed to upholding international law, from standing up to aggression in Europe to interdicting illegal shipments of weaponry that perpetuates instability in the Middle East. “The UK will continue to work in support of an enduring peace in Yemen and is committed to international maritime security so that commercial shipping can transit safely without threat of disruption.”
The seizures, which took place in international waters south of Iran on January 28 and February 25 this year, occurred in the early hours of the morning.