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USS Carr Helps Vessel in Distress in Central Persian Gulf

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Story Number: NNS070928-04
Release Date: 9/28/2007 11:12:00 AM

From Kearsarge Strike Group Public Affairs

USS CARR, At Sea (NNS) -- The guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52), while conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Central Persian Gulf, provided assistance to a United Arab Emirates-flagged fishing dhow in distress Sept. 26.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6), spotted the distressed vessel and requested Carr investigate. Carr immediately launched their boarding team in a seven-meter rigid hull inflatable boat and proceeded to the drifting vessel. As they approached, the fishing vessel’s crew members signaled their appreciation that the coalition was lending assistance and invited them aboard.

“Despite the language barrier, we could tell by the master’s expression and body language that he was grateful for our assistance and felt comfortable with our presence,” said Ensign Christopher Cornish, Carr’s boarding officer.

Three members of the team immediately went to work on the dhow’s engine. Chief Engineman Michael Doleski, Chief Electrician’s Mate Todd Steiner and Engineman 1st Class Shawn Etheridge worked with the dhow’s crew to troubleshoot the motor and get it running again.

“The dhow’s engine was extremely clean and their crew was very knowledgeable,” said Doleski. After ninety minutes on board, the engine was operational again.

The boarding team members also left the dhow with a medical kit and food and water. The dhow’s crew repeatedly shook the hands of boarding team members and thanked them as they prepared to depart.

“We are trying to build a cooperative partnership with the local maritime community,” said Cornish. “Gaining their trust is a vital step in this process.” Coalition forces have a long-standing tradition of helping mariners in distress by providing medical assistance, engineering assistance and search and rescue efforts.

Carr is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment as part of the Kearsarge Strike Group conducting Interaction Patrols (IPATS). IPATS are an element of MSO, which help generate support and awareness amongst commercial vessels sailing in the region of the Coalition’s efforts to ensure a safe and secure maritime environment.

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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