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Lt. Kevin Keith, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, left, assists a mariner in distress with an intravenous fluid bag aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The mariner and seven other survivors was rescued by two SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 7 and transported to Harry S. Truman. The eight rescued mariners were evaluated by medical staff and provided clothes and food. Harry S. Truman is part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike group and is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stuart Phillips/Released)

Arabian Sea – Units assigned to Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) rescued eight Iranian mariners in the Arabian Sea Aug. 18.

At approximately 8:45 p.m. local time, while conducting a routine mission over the northern Arabian Sea, an F/A-18 assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 spotted a vessel approximately 50 miles from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) that was on fire and in distress.

Two SH-60 helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 7 were dispatched to render assistance, arriving on station at approximately 9:30 p.m.

A helicopter search and rescues (SAR) swimmer was deployed into the water and discovered eight people in the raft.

The first helicopter recovered four mariners and transported them back to Truman. A short time later, the remaining four mariners were recovered by the second helicopter. The mariners told the aircrew that all of their personnel on the vessel were accounted for and the helicopters conducted a sweep of the area prior to returning to Truman.

During the transit back to Truman, the aircrew distributed blankets and coordinated with the ship to have dry clothes and footwear ready for the stranded mariners upon arrival to the carrier.

Truman’s medical department set up a medical triage in the hangar bay upon receiving word that the SH-60s were inbound with the eight mariners.

The assessment by Truman’s medical staff revealed that the eight were in excellent shape with no significant injuries. The medical department provided them with food, water, and a fresh change of clothing.

“It was a great team effort by the Truman Strike Group,” said Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, commander, Carrier Strike Group 10. “It is our duty as a professional navy and as professional sailors to help those in need of assistance. We have a longstanding tradition of helping mariners in distress – providing medical assistance, engineering assistance, and search and rescue. There was no hesitation on the part of our aircrew and rescue swimmer to help out our fellow seafarers.”

The eight mariners will remain on the ship until arrangements can be made for their safe return home.

The Truman Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


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Date Taken:08.19.2010

Date Posted:08.20.2010 08:43

Location:AT SEA


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