Sailors in the medical department of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) assess a Turkish mariners recovered by a Bataan Search and Rescue swimmer, March 8, 2014. Bataan responded to a Hellenic Coast Guard request in the Aegean Sea for assistance to the grounded Turkish Flagged container vessel, Yusuf Cepnioglu. The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released)
Where It Matters, When It Matters: Bataan Responds to Vessel in Distress
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.