Republic of Korean Navy warship ROKS Dae Jo Yeong, working for Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, conducted a safety of life at sea (SOLAS) operation for the second time in a week.
On 2nd September, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) informed the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Headquarters in Bahrain that a Yemeni flagged merchant vessel named MV Asad Addin had been drifting for three days due to a damaged fuel tank. CTF 151 immediately tasked the closest unit to the area, ROKS Dae Jo Yeong, to conduct SOLAS operation.
While conducting operations in the Gulf of Aden, ROKS Dae Jo Yeong proceeded to the merchant vessel with best speed and launched two Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) from the ship to immediately conduct a safety check of the crew and vessel.
There were 32 crew and 37 passengers onboard, 5 of which were sick for several reasons, including bone fractures and pneumonia. They were immediately provided medical assistance, water, and fresh food by the medical team and crew of ROKS Dae Jo Yeong.
The merchant vessel was towed 20 nautical miles off Aden, Yemen, to a harbour where coordination between Yemeni Coast Guard officials and CMF ensured a safe hand over of the crew to the Yemeni Coast Guard and onward travel to further medical assistance.
This particular incident shows how close cooperation and effecient communication between partner nations within CMF can lead to a positive outcome of what was a perilous and potentially fatal incident. CMF thanks the Yemini Coast Guard in their efforts to ensure a successful SOLAS operation.