Coalition forces render aid to an Iranian fishing vessel

The U.S. Navy has provided assistance to an Iranian fishing vessel after a reported piracy attack in waters south of Socotra, Yemen on Oct. 24, the service announced.

The assistance was provided in coordination with the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) and the Turkish-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, which is a part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

The Iranian coast guard called U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) to report the incident and seek assistance for the fishing vessel. NAVCENT coordinated with the European Union Naval Force, who sent a patrol aircraft to investigate the incident.

The U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG-83) and the CTF-151 attached Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Amagiri (DD-154) responded to the vessel’s location.

The Howard’s boarding team provided food and water, made repairs, and gave medical aid to three injured civilian mariners.

Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet

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