Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

San Diego-Based Ship Helps Out Iranian Mariners (Video)

This is beginning to be a habit! The San Diego-based USS Dewey came to the aid of Iranian mariners aboard the sinking dhow today, according to the USS Dewey Public Affairs Office.

MH-60R Seahawk helicopter pilot Lt. Will Jourdan spotted the distressed in the Arabian Sea:

The visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team from the USS Dewey then got in touch with the Iranian mariners, who had fled the and boarded nearby dhows. All of the dhows were running out of food, water, and hygiene products. According to VBSS team leader Lt. j.g. Jason Dawson:

The VBSS team provided the Iranians with 150 pounds of supplies before returning to the USS Dewey. The Dewey is part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

This is the third rescue of Iranian mariners by U.S. Navy ships since the beginning of January.

Here's video of the USS Dewey rescue, as posted on YouTube: