Source: Official Website of the United States Navy - Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS, At Sea (NNS) -- USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS, At Sea - Guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams transferred 10 Iranian mariners rescued from a burning dhow Aug. 8 to an Iranian vessel in the Gulf of Oman Aug. 10.
GULF OF OMAN (August 9, 2012) Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams' (DDG 95) instruct rescued mariners on how to properly wear protective equipment before being transported by helicopter to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Ten Mariners were rescued after they were forced to abandon their vessel, which caught fire in the Gulf of Oman. James E. Williams is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Meshel/Released)
Members of Williams' visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team transferred the mariners from the destroyer to an Iranian-flagged dhow for repatriation.
Williams (DDG 95) rescued the 10 mariners in the Gulf of Oman after they were forced to abandon their burning vessel.
Following the rescue, the mariners were taken to Williams, where they received initial medical treatment for injuries sustained during the fire and subsequent evacuation.
They were then transported to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) for further medical treatment before being returned to Williams for today's repatriation.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
James E. Williams is currently deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
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