USS San Antonio (LPD 17) rescued 128 migrants of Somali decent yesterday from the central Mediterranean Sea.
The amphibious transport dock ship was 60 nautical miles away when it received the distress call relayed from the Maltese government and transferred the men aboard, all between the ages of 20 and 30, via 11-person rigid hull inflatable boats.
This is a lucky turn of events for the migrants as recent attempts by others to make the crossing have resulted in over 500 deaths via drowning. San Antonio’s crew provided food, water, medical attention, and temporary shelter to all.
Coincidentally, the USS San Antonio also “hosted” Libyan terror suspect Abu Anas al-Libi earlier this month after U.S. Special Forces captured him during a raid on 5 October. He has since been transferred to the United States to stand trial on terror charges.