IMSC Statement on the incident with Motor Tanker Wila
ARABIAN GULF (August 12, 2020) – Motor Tanker (M/T) Wila, a merchant vessel in international waters en-route to the UAE port of Khor Fakkan, in the Gulf of Oman, was boarded by armed Iranian personnel who fast roped aboard the ship from an Iranian Sea King helicopter as it hovered above. Coalition Task Force Sentinel, the operational arm of the International Maritime Security Construct, is a multinational maritime effort which promotes maritime stability and safe passage, enhancing freedom of navigation throughout key waterways in the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Bab el-Mandeb Strait and Southern Red Sea. (Courtesy U.S. Navy photo)