Images: USS Russell Assists Vessel in Distress [Image 3 of 5]
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Mason, interior communications electrician, takes vital signs of a patient brought aboard USS Russell (DDG 59) as Ensign Melanie Chambers, Ensign Lisa Bydairk and Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Thompson, Hospital Corpsman, assist. Russell responded to a vessel in distress between Bassasso, Somalia and the Yemeni coast in the Gulf of Aden June 8. The 45-foot small boat experienced serious engine problems leaving it unable to operate at sea and had been adrift for two days. Seven personnel were transferred to Russell and treated for severe dehydration and malnutrition. Russell, deployed as a part of the USS Abraham Lincoln strike Group, is operating as a part of Combined Task Force 150. CTF 150 conducts maritime Security Operations Between the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Oman in the Persian Gulf MSO help develop security in the maritime environment. From security arises stability that results in global economic prosperity. MSO complements the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack of to transport personnel, weapons or other material.
Date Posted:06.09.2008 12:54
Location:GULF OF ADEN, USCENTCOM, AT SEA