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Arabian Gulf - June 2014: The guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) patrols the Arabian Gulf. O’Kane is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility. (Navy photo by MCS 3rd Class Korrin Kim)

With assistance from Coast Guard members, crews of the Navy patrol coastal ships Tempest and Typhoon seized roughly 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and 226,600 rounds of ammunition from an unflagged vessel in the North Arabian Sea earlier this month.

They then moved the weapons and ammo onto the guided missile destroyer O’Kane and sunk the vessel from which it was seized, deeming it a hazard to navigation. The rogue vessel’s seven-man crew identified themselves as Yemeni nationals. The Navy intended to return them to their home country.