US destroyer assists Filipino crew of attacked tanker in Gulf of Oman

United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) has rendered assistance to 21 crew members, reportedly Filipinos, of tanker Kokuka Courageous which suffered explosion reportedly as result of attack in the Gulf of Oman on June 13. Another tanker, Front Altair – manned by 11 Filipinos, 11 Russians and a Georgian – was also attacked.

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According to US Navy, USS Bainbridge received a call from the Kokuka Courageous crew advising that their ship was in distress approximately 30 nautical miles from Bainbridge’s location.

“All 21 crew members of the Kokuka Courageous had evacuated to a tug boat and were transferred to the Bainbridge. One of the Kokuka Courageous sailors suffered burns on his hands and was treated immediately by the Bainbridge medical team,” the US Navy said.

The crew received medical check-ups, showers and clean clothes along with food and any other attention they required, the US Navy noted.

The US Navy said USS Bainbridge is underway as part of Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group’s (ABECSG) deployment in support of maritime security cooperation efforts in US 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.

“I’m very proud of my crew and their quick response to the situation,” said Cmdr. M. Kathryn Devin, commanding officer of Bainbridge. “They’ve done an incredible job of making sure the crew of the tanker was safely brought aboard and taken care of.”