U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) and guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) provided aid to a distressed mariners aboard a dhow in the Gulf of Aden, March 2.
When a passing merchant reported that the dhow appeared to be without propulsion, Farragut, assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, responded to provide assistance.
Upon arrival, Farragut sent a rescue and assistance team to assess the dhow's situation and provided food and water to the crew which had been adrift without power or propulsion for two days.
"It provides the entire crew a sense of accomplishment to know that we saved eight lives today that otherwise may have perished at sea," said Cmdr. Glen B. Quast, Farragut's commanding officer. "We share a common bond with all mariners who go to sea as their way of life."
Nicholas, assigned to NATO CTF 508, arrived on station later in the day and took over the assistance effort. After sending an engineering team that determined the dhow's engine was damaged beyond the ability to repair at sea, Nicholas remained in the area through the night to ensure the dhow's safety. The next morning, the Yemeni Fishing Association arrived on scene and assumed responsibility for the assistance effort.
Farragut and Nicholas are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility to promote maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.
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