Monday, April 13, 2015

USS Sterett boards cargo ship searching for Iranian arms

File photo: USS Sterett (DDG-104) Arleigh Burke class (Flight IIA) guided missile destroyer
[U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza/Release]

According to the Wall Street Journal:
U.S. naval forces in the Red Sea this month boarded a freighter suspected of delivering Iranian weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen, American military officials said.
The destroyer USS Sterett’s search of the Panamanian-flagged Saisaban on April 1 came up empty. But the officials said it marked the U.S. Navy’s first boarding operation in an expanding campaign to ensure Iran doesn’t supply game-changing weapons such as surface-to-air missiles that would threaten Saudi-led airstrikes on the Houthis.
COMMENTARY: Publicized USN interdiction efforts such as these serve to put Iran on notice that potential arms deliveries by sea in support of Ansarullah will actively be pursued.

Ship details for Panamanian-flagged Saisaban cargo ship are as follows:

IMO:  8604369
MMSI:  356813000
Call Sign:  3EOY2
Flag:  Panama (PA)

Gross Tonnage:  15847
Deadweight:  26648 t
Length × Breadth:  167.2m × 26.01m
Year Built:  1986

Former names:
- Maria A (Until 2012 Aug)
- African Cobra (Until 2008 Jan)
- Nerano (Until 2005 Feb)
- Emerald 10 (Until 1997)
- Emerald Sea (Until 1993)
- Nerano (Until 1988)

File photo: Saisaban cargo ship (while formerly named Maria A)
[photo: Gillian Moy]

File photo: Saisaban cargo ship (while formerly named Maria A)
[photo: Gillian Moy]

Stationary position on 10APR15 for Saisaban cargo ship  [source: AIS Marine Traffic]

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