The U.S. Navy’s forward presence allows it to be where it matters, when it matters. Today, the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) responded to a distress call it received.
When Bataan’s search and rescue helicopter arrived on-scene, the Hellenic Coast Guard was responding to a grounded Turkish Flagged Container Vessel, Yusuf Cepnioglu. The SAR team observed the Turkish vessel listing.
Upon request for assistance, the aircraft lowered a rescue swimmer and recovered two Turkish mariners and returned to Bataan. The rescued mariners were assessed by Bataan’s medical team, and were transferred to the Hellenic Coast Guard.
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