USS Winston S. Churchill Renders Aid to Iranian Mariners in Distress While Operating Under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)

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ARABIAN SEA – While oper­at­ing under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the guided-mis­sile destroy­er USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) pro­vid­ed assis­tance to a motor vessel in dis­tress in the Arabian Sea, Oct. 15.

The Iranian-flagged dhow sig­naled to Churchill via flash­ing light that it was in dis­tress.

When hailed over bridge-to-bridge radio, the vessel’s crew explained that their engine would not start due to a dead bat­tery and they had run out of food and water.

The Churchill’s board­ing team tran­sit­ed to the dhow via a rigid-hull inflat­able boat (RHIB) and con­duct­ed an ini­tial sea­wor­thi­ness inspec­tion. They pro­vid­ed the mariners with food and water.

After ver­i­fy­ing, Churchill did not have the type of bat­tery required by the vessel, they request­ed assis­tance from Oman Coast Guard.

Churchill remained on scene until Omani author­i­ties arrived to render fur­ther assis­tance.

The Churchill’s crew strict­ly adhered to coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) mit­i­ga­tions of social dis­tanc­ing and the wear­ing of face cov­er­ings and gloves in order to pre­vent the trans­mis­sion between crews.

The 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) out­lines the oblig­a­tion of all mariners, regard­less of nation­al­i­ty, to pro­vide assis­tance to those in dis­tress at sea, a respon­si­bil­i­ty and mis­sion that all mariners share and take very seri­ous­ly.

The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is a multi­na­tion­al mar­itime part­ner­ship which exists to counter illic­it non-state actors on the high seas, pro­mot­ing secu­ri­ty, sta­bil­i­ty and pros­per­i­ty in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.

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