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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)
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

The U.S. Navy’s forward presence allows it to be where it matters, when it matters. Today, the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5)  responded to a distress call it received.

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.

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)
U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released
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)
U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released
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)
U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/ Released

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