Princeton Aids Yemen Crew

By Ensign Amanda Kate Spaeder, USS Princeton Public Affairs

USS PRINCETON -- The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) rendered assistance to five Yemeni fishermen near the coast of Yemen, Sept. 25.

At approximately 10:50 a.m. local time, Conning Officer Ensign Ryan Dishman reported the sight of a man in a small skiff waving his arms in distress.

The crew immediately took action to investigate and assist.  Princeton’s rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) was in the water just five minutes after receiving the initial report.

“Right away we realized the fishermen had no food or water in the boat,” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Josiah Chalmers.

The RHIB’s four personnel, aided by three members of the ship’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, made four trips to the boat to bring two days worth of food and water.  The ship’s doctor, Chief Hospital Corpsman Reymundo Borjon, also made an assessment of the five men to determine if they required medical assistance.

“I’m proud we were able to take part in such a significant evolution,” said VBSS team leader Lt. j.g. Joshua Roe.  “Connecting with and aiding people helps reinforce that the Navy’s mission extends so much further beyond combat operations.”

 “It is always a good feeling to help distressed mariners,” said Capt. Charles Good, Princeton’s commanding officer.  “The dangers of the sea transcend national, political, and religious differences, and it is always refreshing to see multinational cooperation at work to render aid.”

Princeton is deployed with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.




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130925-N-ZZ999-001 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 25, 2013) Electronics Technician 2nd Class Josiah Chalmers, a member of the visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) team aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), listens intently to a Yemeni fisherman after responding to their distress signal and providing the men with food and water. Princeton is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) James Gose/Released)




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130925-N-ZZ999-002 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 25, 2013) Lt. j.g. Joshua Roe, of Pittsburgh, foreground, and Electronics Technician 2nd Class Josiah Chalmers, of Normal, Ill., members of the visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) team aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), shake the hands of Yemeni fishermen after providing them with food and water. Princeton is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) James Gose/Released)


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