The U.S. military is sending an aircraft carrier to the Yemeni coast to join a growing fleet of ships keeping watch on an Iranian flotilla American defense officials suspect may be carrying arms for Houthi fighters in Yemen.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt is heading to the Gulf of Aden as a deterrent to any Iranian attempts to funnel weapons and supplies to Houthi rebels in Yemen who have been the focus of Saudi Arabia airstrikes for the past three weeks, American defense officials said Monday.

U.S. military officials said they are keeping an eye on as many as nine Iranian ships suspected of carrying arms that may be bound for Yemen. […]