USS Mitscher Assists Vessel in Distress

GULF OF ADEN – Guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), assigned to Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, provided assistance to a vessel in distress, Aug. 13. While conducting maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden, Mitscher queried the Sri Lankan-flagged cargo vessel, Al Habib at 4:45 p.m. (local time).

Crewmembers aboard the Sri Lankan-flagged cargo vessel, Al Habib raise a bag of supplies from a visit, board, search and seizure team from guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and a Coast Guard advanced interdiction team in a rigid-hull inflatable boat. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven B. King)The Al Habib crew relayed to Mitscher that they were experiencing engineering problems and running low on water. Members of Mitscher’s Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team, along with members of a Coast Guard advanced interdiction team embarked on Mitscher, transported supplies to Al Habib via rigid-hull inflatable boat.

With the crew of the Al Habib having resolved their engineering issues without further assistance, Mitscher provided two 3-gallon containers of water, four cases of bottled water and 20 loaves of bread to the 17 crewmembers. CTF-150 is a mulit-national task force of ships that conduct counter-terrorist, anti-smuggling and general maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean.

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CMF is a unique multi-national collective of like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf. CMF’s main focus areas are disrupting terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment for all.
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