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John Paul Jones, Baranof Rescued 24 Filipino Mariners
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs ^ | Mar. 15, 2012 | U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

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 Valor’s 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 couldn’t 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 Fleet’s Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) contacted Stolt-Nielsen Limited to establish a line of communication between the military and the shipping company’s 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:


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hormuz; iran; shipping
No comment on the source of the explosion.

Photos at the web link.

FRegards, 3/M

1 posted on 03/19/2012 10:50:53 AM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: ThirdMate

Meanwhile, the HMS’ Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham are on their way to the Faulklands.


2 posted on 03/19/2012 10:58:36 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

The survivors were reported to be dazed and confused but otherwise alright


3 posted on 03/19/2012 11:12:17 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: massgopguy

Glad I’m not the only one that thought of Led Zeppelin when I read it.


4 posted on 03/19/2012 11:20:33 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: muir_redwoods

They might be okay for now. But their time is gonna come.


5 posted on 03/19/2012 11:48:04 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: VA_Gentleman

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).


6 posted on 03/19/2012 11:53:20 AM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: ThirdMate
Wikipedia says the following about Farsi Island: "Farsi Island (Persian: جزیره فارسی, jazireye Farsi) is one of the Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf. There is an IRGC Navy base on this Island. The island has an area of about 0.25 km² and is completely restricted to public, due to top secret governmental activities." Checking Google Earth, this is no imagery. It is blank.
7 posted on 03/19/2012 12:00:31 PM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: massgopguy

Oh, say what you will but the song remains the same.


8 posted on 03/19/2012 12:04:25 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: ThirdMate

I always wondered who stated that quote first.


9 posted on 03/19/2012 1:44:36 PM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: massgopguy

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.


10 posted on 03/19/2012 1:50:35 PM PDT by abishai
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To: ThirdMate

My first reaction was that the mariners must have gotten themselves locked in a restroom or something at a Them Crooked Vultures gig.


11 posted on 03/19/2012 1:57:47 PM PDT by Sven Tremain
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