U.S. special operations is reportedly using the Navy’s stealthy Combatant Craft Assault boats in Middle Eastern waters, reports The Drive.

The CCA is used for medium-range, maritime interdiction operations in higher threat environments, per an unclassified Maritime Systems presentation, the outlet reports.

The boat’s design, with its composite hull and high-performance diesel engines, enables it to operate with low risk of detection, per The Drive. This makes the CCA an ideal craft for the insertion and extraction of special forces.

U.S. Central Command tweeted an image, now deleted, of a CCA carrying Army Gen. Joseph Votel, CENTOM’s commander, on a ride off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

The tweet tagged the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, but the article said it’s more likely that the CCA belongs to U.S. Special Operations Command Central. 

Mackenzie Wolf is an editorial intern for Military Times.

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