Iranian Mariners Abandon Floating Inferno, US Navy Responds [IMAGE]

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GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 8, 2012) A starboard beam view photograph of a dhow flying an Iranian-flag, taken from the USS James E. Williams (DDG 95). U.S. Navy photo/Released)

The crew of the guided missile destroyer, James E. Williams rendered assistance to 10 Iranian mariners yesterday who had to abandon their burning vessel in the Gulf of Oman.

Deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet, the James E. Williams is currently conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

The mariners – who claim to be Iranian – “are being well cared for, receiving medical treatment and awaiting transport to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65)” according to the US Navy.  Efforts are underway to coordinate the repatriation of the Iranian sailors.

This is the second rescue-at-sea the US Navy has conducted in recent months involving Iranian nationals.  On January 6, the crew of USS Kidd (DDG 100) rescued the crew of an Iranian dhow which had been captured by pirates.