USS Oscar Austin Aids Iranian Mariners Stranded in Arabian Gulf

Story Number: NNS101118-14Release Date: 11/18/2010 2:26:00 PM
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From Combined Maritime Forces Public Affairs

USS OSCAR AUSTIN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) located and provided assistance to two Iranian mariners who were spotted floating in a life raft in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 18.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO) contacted Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) at approximately 3:30 a.m. (Bahrain) after it had been notified by a merchant vessel that they had seen a flare launched from a life raft. CMF notified Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 which then dispatched Oscar Austin to locate the vessel.

Oscar Austin located the life raft around 5 a.m., approximately 1,000 yards outside of Iranian territorial waters.

After providing the two distressed mariners food and water, a rigid hulled inflatable boat from Oscar Austin towed the life raft closer to the ship in the event the men required any urgent aid or further assistance.

CMF contacted the Omani Navy and asked them to assist in communicating the location of the life raft to the Iranian Coast Guard.

According to the two men, their dhow sank the night before, and they did not know the disposition of any other crew members.

Oscar Austin remained on scene until 12:30 p.m., when the mariners were picked up by an Iranian Coast Guard search and rescue vessel.

"The response and assistance provided are excellent examples of the training and coordination between members of CTF 152," said Lt. Cmdr. Steve Ansuinni, CTF 152 future operations officer. "We're glad that we were able to coordinate the rescue of the mariners with the Iranian Coast Guard."

The Iranian Coast Guard crew thanked Oscar Austin for their assistance and departed the area.

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12/14/2010 11:11:00 AM
Since the fifth century B.C., the body of water between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula has been called Persian Gulf. The U.S. Navy has no legal rights to rename Persian Gulf.

12/6/2010 11:47:00 PM
As an American, I am ashamed to see that my country's Navy instead of making correct reference to an important and strategic location for at least 3,000 years - the Persian Gulf - uses the inaccurate and fabricated name of Arabian Gulf, which was invented by two of America's arch enemies - Jamal Abdol Nasser and Saddam Hussein. The U.S. Navy is supposed to be a patriotic institution.

12/6/2010 3:17:00 PM
Usually when somebody changes the name of a place or something else, he uses a more beautiful term instead of the CORRECT name. PERSIAN gulf is the most beautiful name for this important gulf.

12/5/2010 4:16:00 PM
Persian Gulf is correct, please use the real and correct name.

12/5/2010 4:13:00 PM
Maybe United States of America would turn to United State of Arabia by petrol dollors but untill Persians are alive nobody will never change the name of Persian Gulf.

12/5/2010 5:25:00 AM
With all respect to the U.S. Navy, I am sure people reporting this story know very well that the area called .....Gulf is not located any where on earth. The location's correct name is Persian Gulf. Thank you very much for helping Iranian mariners which they would have done the same if Americans or anyone else was lost in the sea. Our nation (not unelected government) recognizes US as a friend and not as an enemy and expects mutual respect. Cheers

12/5/2010 4:06:00 AM
"Persian Gulf" about changing U.S. Navy to United Arabia Navy.

12/5/2010 4:01:00 AM
Another action against Iranian people. It has been, it is and it will be "Persian Gulf" for ever. U.S. Navy guide style can't change anything. It's just going to be united arabia...

12/5/2010 12:11:00 AM
Don't they know that the correct name is Persian Gulf? of course they do, is it beneficial for them to use the correct name? Perhaps not, and do they care to use the correct name if it's not beneficial for them? Definitely not. I mean, this is the U.S. Navy, you don't expect them to care about the truth. You would be really naive to expect that.

12/1/2010 8:08:00 PM
According to U.S. Navy Style Guide, "Arabian Gulf - use instead of Persian Gulf."

12/1/2010 1:25:00 AM
That Gulf that you mentioned does not exist. Perhaps you mean Persian Gulf.

12/1/2010 1:22:00 AM
The right name is Persian Gulf. Correct it!

11/19/2010 3:53:00 PM
Hi, Please use the correct name "Persian Gulf". This is an official news website and the expectation is that you use official, known names of places.

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An Iranian coast guard search and rescue vessel retrieves two stranded Iranian mariners after they were assisted by the guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79).
101118-N-3237L-005 ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 18, 2010) An Iranian coast guard search and rescue vessel retrieves two stranded Iranian mariners after they were assisted by the guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79). Oscar Austin provided food and water to the mariners after spotting their life raft and remained on-scene until the arrival of the Iranian coast guard. Oscar Austin is part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Lasonya Lewis/Released)
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