180828-N-UX013-1155 GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 28, 2018) Ensign Nicole Hetzer conns from the bridge wing of the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) as the ship’s visit, board, search and seizure team inspects a dhow as part of maritime security operations. Dunham is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)

Ensign Nicole Hetzer on the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay)

US Navy seizes cache of small arms in Gulf of Aden, official says

The U.S. Navy recently intercepted a large cache of small arms, including hundreds of AK-47s, that were on a ship in the Gulf of Aden earlier this week, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News on Wednesday.

Sailors from the destroyer USS Jason Dunham boarded the ship and made the seizure. The incident was first reported by CNN. 

U.S. officials have not disclosed from where the weapons shipment originated.

180828-N-N0146-6854 GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 28, 2018) A bag of AK-47 automatic rifles seized from a skiff by the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham’s (DDG 109) visit, board, search and seizure team while conducting maritime security operations. The stateless skiff was found carrying a shipment of over 1,000 illicit weapons. Dunham is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

The cache of small arms included hundreds of AK-47s.  (U.S. Navy photo)

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The Gulf of Aden connects the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean via the narrow Bab al-Madeb strait. Last month, Saudi Arabia's state oil company temporarily suspended oil shipments through the strait after Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen fired on two oil tankers, damaging one of them.

180828-N-UX013-2243 GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 28, 2018) U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) heave a line to on load weapons seized from a skiff as part of maritime security operations. The stateless skiff was found carrying a shipment of over 1,000 illicit weapons when the ship’s visit, board, search and seizure team conducted a flag verification boarding. Dunham is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)

U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham heave a line to load the seized weapons.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay)

The shipments were resumed earlier this month after the Saudi energy minister vowed that the Riyadh-led coalition in Yemen's civil war had taken "necessary measures" to secure the shipments.

Fox News' Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.