Press Release | Feb. 3, 2011

USS Cape St. George assists Iranian mariners

By None , USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Public Affairs Office

CENTCOM

File photo of the guided missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) transiting the Persian Gulf.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Kathleen Gorby.

USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, Persian Gulf (Feb. 3, 2011) — Guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) provided assistance to an Iranian dhow after receiving a distress call, Jan 31.

Bridge watchstanders aboard Cape St. George reported receiving a distress call at approximately 8 a.m. from a small fishing vessel about eight miles away. 

Upon receiving the call for help, Cape St. George sent an assistance team to assess the situation and provide aid to the crew of six Iranians aboard the dhow.

The rescue team attempted to repair the dhow’s dewatering pumps, but were unable to stop the flooding. The fisherman were brought aboard the rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) as the dhow continued to sink.

All fisherman were assessed to be in good health by Cape St. George’s medical personnel and were transferred to an Iranian customs vessel, which was patrolling the area.

USS Cape St. George is deployed with Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of responsibility, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation.