Tag Archives: Humanitarian Assistance

GULF OF ADEN – Just after 6pm on Oct. 6, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) warship USS Anzio (CG 68), assigned as the CMF’s counter-piracy mission Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 flagship, was on scene to provide assistance to a distressed mariner aboard MV Stanley Park.

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In today’s world of broadband internet, mobile phones and iPads, technology has replaced many forms of traditional communications.  However, one thing that technology can never replace is the human touch. 

Images by LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson (MOD / Crown Copyright)

 

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HMS MONMOUTH Continues Support to Counter Piracy HMS MONMOUTH continues to support Counter Piracy in the Red Sea by gathering vital information from Local fishermen while she actively searches for pirates. Images by LA(Phot) Stuart Hill/MOD – CROWN COPYRIGHT

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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)

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Whilst on counter-piracy operations with in the southern Red Sea, HMS MONMOUTH received a distress call from a maritime security team based on the yacht BOREAS, a three mast schooner, at anchor in the Red Sea. 

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A multi – agency effort involving Falmouth Coastguard in the UK, Combined Maritime Headquarters in Bahrain, and CMF ship HMS St. Albans, has helped to save the lives of several injured mariners in the Arabian Sea. At approximately 7AM on June 30, CMF was alerted by Falmouth Coastguard that merchant vessel MV Pavitt had lost all power and several of the crew members needed emergency medical treatment. CMF immediately tasked HMS St Albans (a type 23 Frigate) to respond to a Mayday call from the stricken merchant vessel, 122 miles off the coast of Oman. The master of the vessel had requested emergency assistance after their ship, having lost power, was being buffeted by a storm and taking on water. The ship contained a crew of 13 people onboard; three who are reported to be seriously ill from prolonged sea sickness. The crew had been pumping the water out for…

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Gulf of Aden (June 15) – A U.S. missile cruiser, USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), operating under the Singapore-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, successfully intercepted a suspected pirate skiff off the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor in the Gulf of Aden today. The suspicious skiff was initially sighted in the early afternoon of June 15 by a Japanese Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA). The Japanese MPRA reported sighting five personnel, grappling hooks, ladders and numerous fuel tanks on board the skiff. USS Leyte Gulf, being the nearest warship in the vicinity, was immediately tasked by CTF 151 to close in to investigate the skiff. When USS Leyte Gulf approached the skiff, the personnel on board began to throw ladders and other pirate paraphernalia overboard, and raised their hands in the air to indicate that they were unarmed. The presence of the US Warship alone acted as a deterrence pressuring…

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GULF OF ADEN – Cooperation between four ships of three nations assisted an ill civilian mariner in the Gulf of Aden, June 6. The Filipino mariner was working on board Antiguan-flagged, German-owned M/V Baltic Island when he fell ill. The vessel requested assistance from Republic of Korea Ship Chungmugong Yi Sun-shin (DDH 975) which was operating in the area. Chungmogong Yi Sun-shin responded and sent their military medical doctor to Baltic Island to evaluate the mariner. Once on board, the doctor determined the man needed more assistance than was available on board Baltic Island or Chungmugong Yi Sun-shin. Combined Maritime Forces based in Bahrain, was contacted to coordinate transferring the man by helicopter to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (UK) Argus (A135), which has additional medical facilities and was in the vicinity. The Argus medical staff determined the man needed advanced medical care. He was transferred by a Merlin helicopter from…

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