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Canadian Ships Tow Yemeni Dhow Back to Safety

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Story Number: NNS080612-06
Release Date: 6/12/2008 9:48:00 AM

From Combined Task Force 150 Public Affairs

GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- HMCS Protecteur (AOR 509) and HMCS Iroquois (DDH 280) operating off the coast of Somalia, provided assistance to a ship in distress June 11.

Dunia, a 30-foot dhow carrying 15 people, experienced serious mechanical problems leaving it unable to operate at sea and had been adrift for four days. Protecteur, which was operating nearby as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, was the first to respond on-scene to assist.

Protecteur's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Sean Cantelon, sent his boarding team to evaluate the conditions aboard Dunia and establish the level of assistance required.

Once they determined repairs would need to be completed ashore, the vessel was reprovisioned and Protecteur began towing it toward Bossaso, Somalia.

"We provided with dhow's crew members with food and water, cared for one of the sick and helped tow the vessel back to dry land and safety," said Cantelon.

Iroquois, CTF 150's flagship, relieved Protecteur and helped tow the dhow into port. Protecteur, Iroquois and the Canadian multipurpose frigate HMCS Calgary (FFH 335) are three of the ships operating in the Arabian Sea in support of CTF 150.

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

CTF 150, currently led by Canada, is comprised of warships from numerous coalition nations including France, Germany, Pakistan, Japan, Canada, United Kingdom and the U.S and is responsible for conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

MSO help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity. These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.

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