Mariners Head Home Following Rescue At Sea


Story Number: NNS120810-15Release Date: 8/10/2012 8:58:00 AM
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From Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- Ten mariners were transferred Aug. 10 to the Iranian navy for repatriation following a rescue at-sea.

Guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) rescued the men from their burning vessel in the Gulf of Oman, Aug 8.

The vessel was flying an Iranian flag. The mariners - who claim to be Iranian - were well cared for and received medical treatment aboard James E. Williams. They were transported to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), where they received further medical treatment before being transported back
to James E. Williams while awaiting repatriation efforts.

James E. Williams is currently deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

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Lt. j.g. Najib Hamdouni translates for mariners rescued by Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95).
120809-N-NL401-029 GULF OF OMAN (August 9, 2012) Lt. j.g. Najib Hamdouni translates for Iranian mariners rescued by Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95). All 10 crewmembers were rescued after they were forced to abandon their vessel, which caught fire in the Gulf of Oman. James E. Williams is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Meshel/Released)
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