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USS Typhoon Assists Distressed Mariners

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Story Number: NNS070909-07
Release Date: 9/9/2007 10:54:00 AM

From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

PERSIAN GULF (NNS) -- Coalition forces provided assistance to seven mariners floating adrift in a life raft in the Persian Gulf Sept. 7.

The USS Typhoon (PC 5), a Cyclone-class patrol coastal boat, responded with their visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team and hospital corpsman to render aid to the life raft. The corpsman reported that all seven of the mariners were in stable condition.

The boarding team provided the mariners with water and notified the Marine Emergency Mutual Aide Center in Bahrain who requested assistance from a local coast guard.

Typhoon’s commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Joel Lang, commented on the rapid response of his crew.

“We received a call from a merchant vessel operating in the area who discovered the raft adrift and then notified Coalition forces. I am very proud of my crew,” said Lang. “They reacted quickly and were able to provide assistance to these distressed mariners.”

Coalition forces have a longstanding tradition of helping mariners in distress by providing medical assistance, engineering assistance, and search and rescue.

USCGC Monomoy’s (WPB 1326) VBSS team administered first aid to an Iranian mariner during a routine boarding of an Iraqi fishing dhow while on patrol in the North Persian Gulf Aug. 20.

Typhoon is based in Bahrain and patrols the waters around the Iraqi oil platforms in the North Persian Gulf conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment and complement the counterterrorism and security efforts in regional nations’ littoral waters.

Coalition forces also conduct MSO under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters so that commercial shipping and fishing can occur safely in the region.

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