120315-N-ZZ999-029 ARABIAN GULF (March 15, 2012) Ensign Darius Mercer, right, and Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), transfers six rescued Filipino mariners to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof (WPB 1318). John Paul Jones rescued the mariners when their ship, the Liberian-flagged motor vessel (MV) Stolt Valor, caught on fire in the Arabian Gulf. Baranof transported the rescued mariners to Manama, Bahrain for repatriation. John Paul Jones is assigned to Combined Maritime ForcesÃ¢€™ Commander, Task Force 152, 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 area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
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