ARABIAN GULF (WAVY) — The guided missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) helped three Iranian mariners in distress Friday.
The Nitze, homeported in Norfolk, is deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of maritime security operations.
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) notified the Nitze about a small fishing boat in distress. Once Nitze found the vessel, the ship immediately rendered aid.
After confirming the vessel’s mariners were safe, crews discovered the boat had a dead battery. Nitze provided the Iranian crew with a new battery and a case of water.
“Our sailors are trained to respond quickly to those in distress at sea,” said Cmdr. Paul Kaylor, commanding officer of Nitze. “We are proud to have assisted in this situation.”
Ike and its Carrier Strike Group, including the Nitze, are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
U.S. 5th Fleet operates in approximately 2.5 million square miles including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea, and conducts persistent maritime operations to help set the conditions for security and stability, to deter and disrupt trans-national terrorist organizations, and strengthen partner nations’ maritime capabilities in order to promote a secure maritime environment.