Bataan Responds to Vessel in Distress


Release Date: 3/08/2014 1545 Story 820

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays, USS Bataan Public Affairs

AEGEAN SEA — The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) received a distress call at 1029 today, March 8.

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AEGEAN SEA (March 8, 2014) - Sailors in the medical department of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) assess a Turkish mariners recovered by Bataan Search and Rescue. The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released)

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When Bataan’s Search and Rescue (SAR) 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.

Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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AEGEAN SEA (March 8, 2014) - Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) prepare for the arrival of an MH-60 Sea Hawk carrying two Turkish mariners recovered by Bataan Search and Rescue. The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released)

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AEGEAN SEA (March 8, 2014) - Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) chock and chain an MH-60 Sea Hawk carrying two Turkish mariners recovered by Bataan Search and Rescue. The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released)

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AEGEAN SEA (March 8, 2014) - Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) assess two Turkish mariners recovered by Bataan Search and Rescue. The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released)

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AEGEAN SEA (March 8, 2014) - Sailors in the medical department of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) assess a Turkish mariners recovered by Bataan Search and Rescue. The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released)

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AEGEAN SEA (March 8, 2014) - Sailors in the medical department of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) assess a Turkish mariners recovered by Bataan Search and Rescue. The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released)

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