“U.S. officials do not know for sure the destination of the Iranian ships, these officials said, but believe they may be ultimately headed for Venezuela. Iran’s intent in sending the vessels in the direction of the Western Hemisphere remains a mystery, the people said, as does their cargo,” Politico noted. “The two countries — both of them facing severe U.S. sanctions — have developed closer ties over the last few years, with cooperation ranging from gasoline shipments to joint car and cement factory projects.”
The Makran is particularly of concern to American officials after Iran made a point of claiming that the ship could serve as a mobile command platform from which Iran could launch “electronic warfare” efforts and handle “special operations.” The ship reportedly serves, also, as a floating airbase with a fleet of drones and helicopters.
The Iranian military has threatened American interests recently, most notably in April, when a “group of boats from Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps harassed