Continued from my earlier post Welcome to Guam: 2002 (part 8). My husband spent a lot of our almost 3 years in Guam deployed. A lot of what he did was not in the news, but here’s one time when it was international news.
“6/25/03: SR, Yesterday we became famous. I am incredibly happy for the det. This was the biggest at-sea rescue in the history of HC-5 (his squadron at the time). I have attached the article. Love, G8r.
Coalition Saves 27 Mariners in Arabian Sea
Bahrain — Twenty-seven crew members of a sinking Egytian-flagged cargo vessel were saved approximately 350 miles off the coast of Oman June 24 by the U.S. and British navies. The 24-year-old general cargo ship, Green Glory, reportedly struggled with an engine fire at approximately 5 p.m. the evening of June 23. Heavy seas in the area caused Green Glory to take on water, and a “mayday” call went out at approximately 5:54 p.m. The Royal Navy’s auxiliary ship, RFA Sir Tristram, was the closest coalition ship to the stricken vessel and provided assistance throughout the night. Although Green Glory was able to restart its engines in the middle of the night, the vessel was still dead-in-the-water and continued to flounder. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, headquartered here, directed USNS Concord (the ship my husband was on at the time), a U.S. supply ship, and a P-3 Orion maritime reconnaissance patrol aircraft to provide additional assistance in the rescue effort. By 9 a.m. June 24, an MH-60 utility helicopter (the helicopter my husband flies; it’s like an Army Blackhawk) from Concord deployed two rescuers aboard Green Glory to assist in abandon ship efforts, and help deploy their life boats. Within an hour, the helicopter began to pluck sailors from the Green Glory’s lifeboats and bring them aboard the RFA Sir Tristram, where they were medically evaluated, fed and clothed. All of Green Glory’s 27 crewmen were airlifted to the RFA Sir Tristram by approximately 2 p.m. Green Glory’s decks were awash, and the vessel was taking heavy rolls, as the last of the crew members were rescued.”