WASHINGTON — The U.S. military, backed by the firepower of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, continued Tuesday to shadow a convoy of Iranian cargo ships in waters off the coast of war-torn Yemen.
The key concern: the ships could hold weapons intended for the Iranian-supported Houthi rebels, violating United Nations resolutions.
The Iranian ships remain in international waters off of Yemen, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Tuesday. It consists of nine cargo vessels. There are no warships in the Iranian convoy.
The Roosevelt, with 5,000 sailors and 60 aircraft, is monitoring the ships. The Navy has several other ships off Yemen, including the USS Normandy, a guided-missile cruiser.
“We are continuing to watch this Iranian convoy,” Warren said.