USS Cole Helps Out Iranian Vessel Stranded in Gulf of Oman

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Alan Farthing, assigned to the USS Cole, places a container of fuel into a rigid-hull inflatable boat during a response to a distress call from an Iranian-flagged dhow. (U.S. Navy / Brianna K. Green)
Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Alan Farthing, assigned to the USS Cole, places a container of fuel into a rigid-hull inflatable boat during a response to a distress call from an Iranian-flagged dhow. (U.S. Navy / Brianna K. Green)

The USS Cole assisted an Iranian-flagged vessel after it ran out of gas late last week in the Gulf of Oman.

The Norfolk-based guided-missile destroyer supplied 17 gallons of diesel fuel on Friday to the distressed 75-foot dhow, a Navy statement said.

"We have an important role and responsibility to aid our fellow mariners in distress," Cmdr. David Wroe, the Cole's commander, said in the statement. "It was a pleasure to use our training to support the sailors with something even as little as a few cans of fuel."

The Cole, which is supporting the 5th Fleet in the region, was bombed by al-Qaida in October 2000. Seventeen crewmembers were killed and 39 were injured in the incident.

 

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