A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer supported maritime operations carried out by naval forces from the UK that resulted within the seizure of superior weapons parts throughout an interdiction within the Gulf of Oman, Feb. 25. Coordinated efforts amongst USS Gridley (DDG 101), HMS Montrose (F236) and mixed air property led to Royal Navy forces confiscating surface-to-air missiles and cruise-missile rocket engines that originated from Iran, in line with a press release launched by the UK, July 7. Small boats trying to smuggle the weapons have been intercepted by the Royal Navy in January and February. Gridley’s crew deployed an MH-60 Seahawk helicopter through the February interdiction to offer overwatch.

“Now we have a decades-long strategic relationship with the Royal Navy,” stated Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. fifth Fleet and Mixed Maritime Forces. “Our continued collaboration on maritime interdictions within the Center East displays our extraordinary partnership and powerful dedication to regional safety and stability.”


Royal Navy ship HMS Montrose seized Iranian weapons from speedboats being operated by smugglers in worldwide waters south of Iran.

The weapons have been seized alongside routes traditionally used to visitors weapons unlawfully to Yemen. The direct or oblique provide, sale or switch of weapons to the Houthis in Yemen violates U.N. Safety Council Decision 2216 and worldwide legislation. U.S. and UK naval forces usually conduct regional maritime safety operations to disrupt the transport of illicit cargo that may assist terrorism and different illegal exercise. U.S. Navy warships working within the Center East seized practically 9,000 illicit weapons in 2021. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and United Kingdom Maritime Element Command are headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. The 2 instructions usually companion to foster regional maritime cooperation, safeguard key waterways and uphold worldwide rules-based order.

The fourth USS Gridley (DDG-101) is the 51st Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the USA Navy. Gridley is called after Captain Charles Gridley, Commander of Admiral George Dewey’s flagship USS Olympia, (Flag Captain) and recipient of Admiral Dewey’s well-known command, “It’s possible you’ll hearth if you find yourself prepared, Gridley” within the Battle of Manila Bay through the Spanish–American Warfare. The present HMS Montrose is the eighth of the sixteen-ship Sort 23 or Duke class of frigates, of the Royal Navy, named after the Duke of Montrose. She was laid down in November 1989 by Yarrow Shipbuilders on the Clyde, and was launched on 31 July 1992 by Edith Rifkind (later Girl Rifkind), spouse of (later Sir) Malcolm Rifkind, Secretary of State for Defence. She was commissioned into service in June 1994.

Royal Navy Duke class (Type 23) frigate HMS Montrose
Royal Navy Duke-class (Sort 23) frigate HMS Montrose