Entries in Gulf of Oman (4)


US Navy Rescues 10 from Burning Iranian Ship

Archival Photograph. AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. Navy destroyer has rescued 10 sailors from an Iranian-flagged vessel that was on fire in the Gulf of Oman.

The guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams came upon the Iranian-flagged dhow as it burned on Wednesday night. The 10 on board were picked up out of the water by the crew of the destroyer.

A Defense official says eight of the 10 are Iranian; the other two are Pakistanis.

According to a Navy press release the crew members, “are being well cared for, receiving medical treatment and awaiting transport to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.”

Commander Jason Salata, a spokesman for the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, said they will be transported Thursday morning to the Enterprise and will be repatriated from there. "Our intent is to take care of them and send them [home],” said Salata.

With its ships constantly deployed to the waters of the Middle East, it’s not uncommon for U.S. Navy ships to rescue mariners in distress whatever their nationality.

The Navy’s rescue of 13 Iranian mariners in January made international headlines because it occurred shortly after an Iranian general had warned the U.S. Navy not to send an aircraft carrier back to the Persian Gulf.

The destroyer USS Kidd had rescued the Iranian mariners from their fishing boat, which had been hijacked by Somali pirates for more than a month and converted into a pirate mother ship. Fifteen Somali pirates were taken into custody and the grateful Iranian crew was repatriated to Iran.

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US Navy Helicopter Crashes in Oman, Two Crew Members Missing

File photo. (U.S. Navy)(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. Navy helicopter carrying five crew members crashed 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman, Thursday “while conducting heavy lift support operations,” the Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet said. The incident “was not due to any sort of hostile activity,” the fleet continued.

A U.S. government official told ABC News that three of the crew members were safely recovered, but that search and rescue efforts were still underway for the remaining two.

The U.S. military also disclosed that another helicopter was at the scene of the crash “providing search and rescue assistance.”

The downed chopper was one of four counter-mine helicopters sent to the Gulf back in March.

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Greek Oil Tanker Seized by Pirates in Gulf of Oman

File photo of an oil tanker. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATHENS, Greece) -- A Greek-flagged products tanker was seized by pirates in the Gulf of Oman Wednesday, according to European Union Naval Force Somalia.

The vessel, MV Irene SL, was on its way to Suez, Egypt from the Emirate of Fujairah when it was attacked.  It was reportedly carrying 266,000 tons of crude oil and had 25 crew members aboard -- including seven Greeks, one Georgian and 17 Filipinos.

Communication has been lost with the vessel and the condition of those aboard are unknown at this time.

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Body of Missing US Navy Sailor Recovered in Gulf of Oman

USS Halsey. Photo Courtesy - U.S. Navy(GULF OF OMAN) -- The body of a U.S. Navy sailor was recovered in the Gulf of Oman Wednesday after being reported missing from the USS Halsey.

According to the Navy, a man overboard was called Tuesday when the sailor did not report to watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer.  The Navy, along with the help of the British Royal Navy, deployed helicopters and fighter jets to search for the sailor, who's name is being witheld until next of kin is notified.  The sailor's body was found, but no further details on the recovery were reported.

The Navy is investigating the incident.

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