Combined Maritime Forces' USS Mitscher Assists Vessel in Distress
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).
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 team, along with members of a Coast Guard advanced interdiction team embarked aboard Mitscher, transported supplies to Al Habib via rigid-hull inflatable boat.
Mitscher provided two 3-gallon containers of water, four cases of bottled water and 20 loaves of bread to the 17 crew members aboard Al Habib.
CTF 150 is a multinational 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.
Article by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven B. King, USS Mitscher (DDG 57) Public Affairs