Conflicting News Reports Emerge
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
We are getting conflicting reports of possible US Navy intercepts of Iranian weapons shipments in or near Yemeni waters. A Huffington Post article stated that US Navy officials have confirmed that the aircraft carrier USNS Theodore Roosevelt is headed toward the area to join other US Navy vessels (including the cruiser USNS Normandy) that are prepared to intercept Iranian arms shipments to Houthi insurgents in Yemen, while a Washington Times article stated that a US Navy spokesman at the Pentagon has officially denied this claim, classifying the event instead as conducting “maritime security operations”.
The US Navy has, in response to the recent coup in Yemen, increased its presence in the Arabian Sea. No details on Iranian naval movements in the area are currently available, however, an unspecified convoy of Iranian supply ships is reported to be heading towards Yemani ports.
The reports may be compared as follows:href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/20/us-warship-iran-weapons_n_7102168.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592″>
*** UPDATE: ***
The semi-official Fars News Agency has reported that Iranian warship Alborz [F-72] has left Iranian waters for deployment in response to stepped-up US weapons shipments to the Saudi-backed coalition. On Wednesday April 8, 2015 Iran dispatched a destroyer and another logistic vessel to waters near Yemen
The Alborz is an Alvand class frigate (built in Britian) commissioned in 1971.