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Press Release | March 2, 2023

CENTCOM Commander Lauds Maritime Interdiction of Iranian Missiles


March 2, 2023

Release Number 20230302-01


TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Central Command supported a maritime interdiction on Feb. 23, that resulted in the seizure by partner naval forces of weapons that originated in Iran and were bound for Yemen.

The interdiction by the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster, took place in the Gulf of Oman along routes historically used to traffic weapons unlawfully from Iran to Yemen. Critical advanced Iranian missile components as well as advanced Iranian anti-tank guided missiles were recovered from a stateless craft.

Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of CENTCOM, called United Kingdom Lt. Gen. Charlie Strickland, British Chief of Joint Operations to commend the Royal Navy on its professionalism and dedication to regional peace and stability.

“We laud our partner forces who continue to interdict the flow of munitions at sea,” said Kurilla. “Iran remains the most destabilizing actor in the region. Security of the seas and limiting the free flow of Iranian munitions is critical to regional security and stability.”