US Navy helps crew of Iranian dhow

Muscat: Guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) rendered medical assistance and provided food, water and fuel to an Iranian-flagged dhow, M/V Payam, on Wednesday, approximately 45 miles southeast of Muscat.

“At approximately 2:20pm local time, Hue City responded to a distress call for medical assistance relayed by a US P-3C Orion, operating under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) conducting a routine maritime patrol. After arriving on scene, Hue City dispatched two rigid-hull inflatable boats, transporting the ship’s hospital corpsman, and the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team to assess the injured personnel.

“It was discovered that of the 13 dhow crewmembers, six Pakistani and seven Iranian, two required medical assistance and were subsequently treated by Hue City’s hospital corpsman,- the US Navy’s Central Command said in a statement.

The dhow’s crewmembers reported that the vessel had been pirated and was lacking food, water and fuel.
Hue City then provided four bags of rice, six cans of kidney beans, 70 gallons of water, and 50 gallons of fuel; enough supplies and fuel to allow the dhow to continue on to its next port of call.

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Article written by Rejimon K, courtesy of The Times of Oman.

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