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    PRESS RELEASE: USS Daniel K. Inouye and the Sea Diamond

    USS Daniel Inouye conducts towing operations for Sea Diamond off coast of Honolulu

    Photo By Lt.j.g. Victoria Estrada | ENS Gabriella St. Angelo, the 1st LT onboard USS DANIEL INOUYE, measures distance to...... read more read more

    Pearl Harbor, HI – USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) assists Commercial Fishing Vessel Sea Diamond in towing operation back to Honolulu following casualty to Sea Diamond’s engine, IVO Hawaii Operating Area, (JBPHH), October 19.

    In the early morning hours at approximately 12:30 a.m., Daniel Inouye received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard to assist the commercial fishing vessel Sea Diamond. Sea Diamond had lost all propulsion and reported a shafting propeller casualty.

    Inouye was quick in its response and contacted the vessel Sea Diamond at 2:00 a.m. During this time the engineering team deployed the ships rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) to assist. It was determined that the casualty to propulsion of Sea Diamond was external and the RHIB team would be unable to further support. Daniel Inouye then decided to take the Sea Diamond under tow back to Honolulu. The ship maintained a speed of 6 knots for approximately 12 hours before turning over custody to the Coast Guard 5 nautical miles outside of Honolulu Harbor.

    Sea Diamond is a 71-foot-long commercial fishing vessel weighing approximately 100 tons. At the time of the casualty there were seven souls onboard, including a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) observer who acted as an interpreter between the Sea Diamond and Daniel Inouye crew.

    "I am glad that USS Daniel Inouye was in the best position to assist the Sea Diamond,” said Cmdr. Dave Haile, commanding officer of Daniel Inouye. “It is our duty to provide help to our fellow mariners whenever and wherever they need it, and our crew responded admirably and professionally to make sure we could return the Sea Diamond and her crew to safe harbor."

    Following the rescue, Daniel Inouye is expected to make port calls to various Hawaiian Islands for a project known as “Trip Around Islands” that aims to strengthen relations with the Hawaiian people. More than 40 members of the crew will participate in volunteer events on the islands to give back to the community and honor Hawaiian culture.

    The mission of Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific is to manage the overall warfighting capability of the Surface Combatant Force homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), HI; to coordinate through the Fleet Response Plan (FRP) cycle the manning, operations, combat systems, engineering, maintenance, training, logistics, administration, and support of assigned units to achieve the highest levels of combat readiness.

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    Date Taken: 10.18.2022
    Date Posted: 10.18.2022 20:19
    Story ID: 431602
    Location: HI, US

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