Floating Armories in the Indian Ocean

“In 2014, most floating armories were converted tugs, but others included offshore supply ships, patrol vessels, diving support vessels, anchor handling vessels, research or survey vessels, pleasure craft, trawlers, and general cargo ships.
In 2012 and 2013, various sources estimated that there were between 10 and 20 floating armouries operating in the HRA (Chapsos and Holtom, 2015; UNSC, 2012, annexe 5.4, para. 9).
Research carried out in 2014 identified around 30 floating armouries in the HRA—mostly deployed in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Oman, while one was in Sri Lanka. At the time of writing, governments in and around the HRA were not known to own or operate any floating armouries.–Floating Armouries in the Indian Ocean
[The fact that there were an estimated 30 armory ships floating around the Red Sea and the Gulf of Oman in 2014, despite the fact that none of the vessels were linked to local govts, is stark testimony to the level of international meddling and arms-smuggling in the targeted countries, which are NOT YET experiencing war.] 

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