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USS Hue City Rescues Crew of a Pakistani Dhow

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Story Number: NNS071214-02
Release Date: 12/14/2007 5:21:00 AM

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

GULF OF OMAN (NNS) -- U.S. Navy rescued six Pakistani crew members from a sinking dhow in the Gulf of Oman Dec. 13.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 64) responded to a distress call from the Omani Coast Guard that a Pakistani dhow was sinking and the crew was in distress.

The U.S. Navy took the Pakistani mariners aboard the Hue City and provided medical assistance, food and water to all six crew members. Initial reports are that all six Pakistani mariners are in good health.

Hue City later transferred the rescued mariners to the Coalition warship PNS Barbur (F 182), a Pakistani frigate.

The Pakistani dhow later sank and poses no hazard to navigation.

Babur is part of Combined Task Force 150, commanded by Pakistan Navy Commodore Khan Hasham Bin Saddique and is responsible for Maritime Security Operations in the Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, North Arabian Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean.

Hue City is currently deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, conducting Maritime Security Operations and supporting the U.S. sea services' new Maritime Strategy, which provides opportunities for military forces to work more closely with regional partners and allies to protect and extend security and prosperity, which depend on free use of the seas.

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