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Coast Guard Cutter Maui rescues Iranian mariners in the Gulf
« on: October 29, 2013, 01:27:11 PM »
Coast Guard Cutter Maui rescues Iranian mariners in the Gulf
Posted by LT Stephanie Young, Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Written by Seaman Frank Iannazzo-Simmons and Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn, Coast Guard Cutter Maui public affairs.

While operating in the northern waters of the Gulf, a small vessel capsized in a remote area leaving five Iranian mariners stranded with no one to rescue them. This was the scenario these men faced prior to their chance discovery by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui.

Rescue did not come to their aid until this 110-foot Coast Guard cutter happened to come across the mariners whose lives were saved by the quick-thinking Coast Guard crew. The crew, who had trained intensely for such a situation, swiftly moved into action in the early morning hours of Oct. 11, while assigned to Combined Task Force 152.

As the sun rose over the horizon, Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Sweetman spotted a faint orange object floating in the distance. Once Sweetman reported the object, Maui’s crew altered course to investigate. As Maui approached the object, Sweetman was able to identify a man waving an orange flag.

“I waited a few seconds after realizing it was a man waving a flag,” said Sweetman. “I had to be positive on what I was seeing before passing the information to the bridge.”

Shortly after the bridge team was notified of the sighting, an announcement was heard around the ship. The crew of Maui stepped into action relying on everything they had learned to this point in their careers.


The Bahrain-based cutter and crew are currently assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and actively participate with CTF-152.

CTF-152 is one of three task forces operating under Combined Maritime Forces. The partnership with the task force defines the service in being nationally deployed and globally connected bringing military expertise and response capability anywhere America’s maritime interests extend. In the case of the rescue of these five Iranians, the maritime interests extended to saving lives at sea.
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Re: Coast Guard Cutter Maui rescues Iranian mariners in the Gulf
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2013, 06:28:57 PM »
USN has done rescues as well, as well as armed rescues of pirate victims...and we get no thanks for it.

Iranians....should ransom them off for their nuclear material...but their regime would make us keep the clowns instead...   ::unknowncomic::
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