#USSHopper & #USSMonterey aid distressed Iranian mariners
ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) and guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of maritime security operations, aided five Iranian mariners in distress, Nov. 29. Hopper and Monterey received a distress call from a small Iranian fishing dhow via bridge-to-bridge radio. Monterey sent its helicopter to locate the vessel, while Hopper prepped its boarding team to render immediate assistance. After Hopper's Sailors boarded the vessel, they found the five mariners aboard were ill. Hopper's Sailors provided the Iranian crew with medicine and departed after ensuring the crew was safe. "Today demonstrated one of our many mission areas our Sailors are entrusted to execute," said Cmdr. J. D. Gainey, commanding officer of Hopper. "Under customary international law, we continue the time-honored tradi...