Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151) recently came to the rescue of a stricken yacht during a storm in the southern Red Sea.
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) informed CTF151 that a British flagged sailing yacht was in distress during bad weather in the area. The vessel, Milashka, which had 6 Russian crew members on board, had sustained damage to its sail and was low on fuel.
Under the direction of CTF151, CMF asset Japanese Ship Suzunami sent out its helicopter to locate the vessel in distress. Having located Milashka, CTF151 and the UKMTO coordinated a rescue with Djiboutian authorities who sent out a Coast Guard vessel to escort the yacht back to port in Djibouti.
The rescue demonstrated a high level of international cooperation between CMF, the UKMTO and local authorities, and is a testimony to the hard work that the organisations put in to promote maritime security and ensure the freedom of navigation in the region.