Bataan responds to Vessel in Distress


Story Number: NNS140308-11Release Date: 3/8/2014 12:25:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays

AEGEAN SEA (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) received a distress call today.

When Bataan's Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter arrived on-scene the Hellenic Coast Guard was responding to a grounded Turkish Flagged Container Vessel, Yusuf Cepnioglu. The SAR team observed the Turkish vessel listing.

Upon request for assistance, the aircraft lowered a rescue swimmer and recovered two Turkish mariners and returned to Bataan. The rescued mariners were assessed by Bataan's medical team, and were transferred to the Hellenic Coast Guard.

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Sailors in the medical department of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) assess a Turkish mariner recovered by a Bataan Search and Rescue swimmer.
140308-N-AO823-115 AEGEAN SEA (March 8, 2014) Sailors in the medical department of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) assess a Turkish mariner recovered by a Bataan Search and Rescue swimmer. Bataan responded to a Hellenic Coast Guard request for assistance to the grounded Turkish Flagged container vessel, Yusuf Cepnioglu. The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/Released)
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