San Jacinto Provides Humanitarian Assistance

By Lt. Ryan de Vera, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

RED SEA – The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) provided humanitarian assistance to a fishing vessel in distress while operating in the Red Sea, Nov. 16.

San Jacinto stopped to render assistance at approximately 1 p.m. after being signaled by two mariners aboard the vessel. According to the mariners, who signaled by waving white shirts and gas cans in the air, they had run out of fuel and been adrift for two days.

After determining the fishing vessel was not safe for continued travel, the decision was made to bring the mariners aboard San Jacinto to ensure their health and safety. Once aboard, they were given food and water, and were checked for injuries.

“It was very clear they needed assistance, and I’m glad we were in a position to help them,” said Capt. William P. McKinley, commanding officer, San Jacinto. “It’s our duty to provide aid to those in need.”

The two men remained aboard San Jacinto until early morning Nov. 17, when they were safely transferred to the Yemen Coast Guard for further assistance.

Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, commended San Jacinto for their efforts.

“The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group has ships operating throughout the entire Middle East region. Being in the right place at the right time can make all the difference,” said Sweeney.  “San Jacinto and her crew provided critical lifesaving assistance to a couple of mariners who were in a desperate situation: no food, no water, and no gas to get home. All mariners should have trust and confidence in the U.S. Navy to always help those in need.”

San Jacinto is currently deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U. S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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