USS Hopper leads in helping distressed Iranians

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 6 1 ) , currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of maritime security operations, aided five Iranian mariners in distress, Nov. 29.

Hopper and Monterey received a distress call from a small Iranian fishing dhow via bridge-to-bridge radio. Monterey sent its helicopter to locate the vessel, while Hopper prepped its boarding team to render immediate assistance.

After Hopper ‘s Sailors boarded the vessel, they found the five mariners aboard were ill. Hopper’s Sailors provided the Iranian crew with medicine and departed after ensuring the crew was safe.

U.S. naval forces have a long tradition of helping mariners in distress by providing medical assistance, engineering assistance as well as search and rescue. Ships deployed to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command assisted mariners on more than 30 occasions since 2012, 13 of which involved Iranian mariners.

Hopper and Monterey are part of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s U.K.-led Commander, Task Force 50 under Royal Navy Fleet Flagship , HMS Ocean . Ocean and its Task Force, including Hopper and Monterey, are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

U.S. 5th Fleet operates in approximately 2.5 million square miles including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea, and conducts persistent maritime operations to help set the conditions for security and stability, to deter and disrupt trans-national terrorist organizations, and strengthen partner nations’ maritime capabilities in order to promote a secure maritime environment.

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