US, Japanese destroyers aid Iranian vessel attacked by pirates

US Navy file photo of USS Howard

US Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense destroyers assisted an Iranian fishing vessel after a reported piracy attack October 24, south of Socotra, Yemen.

The Iranian coast guard called US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) to report the incident and seek assistance for the fishing vessel.

NAVCENT coordinated with the European Union Naval Force, who sent a patrol aircraft to investigate the incident.

US Navy guided missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force destroyer JS Amagiri (DD-154) attached to the Turkish-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, which is a part of the Combined Maritime Forces, responded to the vessel’s location.

The Howard’s boarding team provided food and water, made repairs, and gave medical aid to three injured civilian mariners.


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