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US Navy ship rescues drifting Iranian sailors for eight days

Gulf of Oman, Navcent Public Affairs – A US Navy ship rescued two Iranian sailors on November 27 from a fishing boat after drifting for eight days in the Gulf of Oman.

Dry cargo vessel USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) responded after the Combined Maritime Forces, an international maritime coalition based in Bahrain, received a distress call from the stranded sailors at 10 a.m. local time.

Charles Drew arrived at the scene six hours later and provided food, water and medical attention.

“This is what we are trained and ready to do,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command, US 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “As professional sailors, we have a responsibility to help those in need at sea.”

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Today Charles Drew transported the sailors safely to an Omani Coast Guard vessel sailing near Muscat, Oman. The sailors were in good health and in good spirits at the time of transfer.

“We appreciate the government of Oman for their help and support in helping us bring the sailors home,” Cooper said.

Combined maritime forces consists of 34 nations and is the world’s largest naval partnership. Its ships and personnel operate in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, northern Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Arabia to promote security and stability.