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HS-10 rescues crew of stranded fishing vessel delivering aid to Solomon Islands.
SOLOMON ISLANDS (April 13, 2007) A Taiwanese fishing vessel is shown stuck on a reef in the waters around the Solomon Islands, after her crew was rescued the night before by a U.S. Navy HH-60H Seahawk assigned to the Warhawks of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 10, Expeditionary Sea Command Unit (ESCU) 1, from Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, San Diego. ESCU-1 rescued 15 Red Cross and medical staff, and two injured tsunami victims and transported them safely to the town of Gizo, Solomon Islands. A third critically injured crew member was also rescued by helicopter and taken to hospital in the neighboring town of Munda. ESCU-1 is on a six-month deployment aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Stockham (T-AK 3017). On April 2, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami struck the Solomon Islands causing casualties and significant damage. USNS Stockham is one of 16 Maritime Pre-Positioning Ships belonging to the MSC Pre-Positioning Program. The U.S. Navy is responding to a specific request on the part of the U.S. ambassador to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Meyers

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