US destroyer rescues Tanzanian ferry

Oct 2, 2007
Author: P&S

USS STOUT US Navy picture

The US destroyer USS STOUT (DDG55) went to the rescue of a Tanzanian passenger ferry in international waters off the Somali coast last week after the ferry called for assistance.

The Tanzanian vessel named SPICE ISLAND was en route from Oman to Tanzania when it ran out of fuel resulting in engine problems. Coalition naval forces in the area responded with the USS Stout providing assistance by way of fuel, water and food and also took the Tanzanian vessel, which had no passengers on board, under tow until power could be restored.

The Tanzanian-flagged ferry SPICE ISLAND being assisted at sea by the destroyer USS STOUT. US Navy picture

USS Stout is operating under Command Task Force (CTF) 150 and is conducting maritime security operations in international waters off the Horn of Africa. The destroyer is deployed to the region as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group and is temporarily a part of CTF 150.

CTF 150 is commanded by a Pakistan Navy Commodore, Khan Hasham Bin Saddique and is responsible for military security operations in the Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, North Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

source US Navy



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