Dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) responded after the Combined Maritime Forces, and international maritime coalition headquartered in Bahrain, received a distress call from the stranded mariners at 10 a.m. local time.
Today, Charles Drew safely transported the mariners to an Omani coast guard vessel sailing near Muscat, Oman. The mariners were in good health and spirits at the time of the transfer.
“We appreciate the government of Oman for its assistance and support in helping us return the mariners home,” said Cooper.
Combined Maritime Forces consists of 34 nations and is the largest naval partnership in the world. Its naval vessels and personnel operate in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Northern Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf promoting security and stability.
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