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Posted on 03/19/2012 10:50:48 AM PDT by ThirdMate
Mar. 15, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Release #036-12 John Paul Jones, Baranof Rescued 24 Filipino Mariners
By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs
ARABIAN GULF Guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof (WPB 1318) rescued 24 Filipino mariners in Arabian Gulf, March 15.
At approximately 2 a.m., local time, John Paul Jones, assigned to Combined Maritime Forces Commander, Task Force 152, responded to a distress call from the Liberian-flagged motor vessel Stolt Valor, operating within international waters 48 nautical miles southeast of Farsi Island, Iran.
Once on scene, John Paul Jones spotted one of two life rafts signaling with a small light and launched its rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to investigate. They discovered 16 people in the first life raft and an additional eight mariners in the second life raft.
We were ready to assist and we were fortunately in the position to help, said Cmdr. Jon Duffy, commanding officer, John Paul Jones.
Stolt Valors master confirmed one crew member died during an explosion. The 24 rescued Filipino mariners were in good health and did not require medical assistance. They were provided food, water, and blankets.
Coming to the aid of fellow mariners in trouble and conducting search and rescues at sea are critical skills that the Navy trains us to get right, said Duffy. I couldnt be more proud of how our crews reacted from the initial distress call to when every survivor was safe on deck.
At approximately 7:30 a.m., the 24 survivors were transferred from John Paul Jones to Baranof for repatriation in Manama, Bahrain.
Stolt Valor is a chemical tanker carrying approximately 13,000 metric tons of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), which is used to increase oxygen content in gasoline throughout the U.S., to reduce carbon monoxide and ozone levels caused by auto emissions. MTBE is considered soluble, but not biodegradable.
Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Battle Watch Officer reported the incident to the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Center (MEMAC), who dispatched tugs with fire fighting capability to the scene.
U.S. 5th Fleets Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) contacted Stolt-Nielsen Limited to establish a line of communication between the military and the shipping companys crisis response team. The environmental impact is unknown at this time.
John Paul Jones and Baranof continued their missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
John Paul Jones, assigned to Combined Maritime Forces Commander, Task Force 152, is conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf.
Baranof is assigned to Commander, Task Force 55 and U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR. Photos:
Photos at the web link.
Meanwhile, the HMS’ Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham are on their way to the Faulklands.
The survivors were reported to be dazed and confused but otherwise alright
Glad I’m not the only one that thought of Led Zeppelin when I read it.
They might be okay for now. But their time is gonna come.
John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 July 18, 1792) was a Scottish sailor and the United States’ first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War. Although he made enemies among America’s political elites, his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day. He later served in the Imperial Russian Navy.
During his engagement with HMS Serapis, Jones uttered, according to the later recollection of his first lieutenant, the legendary reply to a taunt about surrender from the British captain: “I have not yet begun to fight!”
For the Led Zeppelin musician, see John Paul Jones (musician). For other uses, see John Paul Jones (disambiguation).
Oh, say what you will but the song remains the same.
I always wondered who stated that quote first.
Not to Ramble On, but when I saw the title I thought it was talking about the actual man JP Jones some 200 years ago. Must have been a Communication Breakdown somewhere.
My first reaction was that the mariners must have gotten themselves locked in a restroom or something at a Them Crooked Vultures gig.