US destroyer patrolling West PHL Sea assists Pinoy fishermen in distress

United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) provided assistance to distressed Filipino fishermen in West Philippine Sea on June 26. USS Mustin is part of Ronald Reagan Strike Group.

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Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), all part of Ronald Reagan Strike Group, arrived in Manila also on June 26 for routine visit.

“Mustin was conducting a routine patrol on June 26 in the vicinity of the Philippines when watch standers sighted a fishing vessel with two Filipino fishermen onboard frantically waving,” said US Navy 7th Fleet Task Force 70.

“After pulling alongside and communicating with the fishermen in Tagalog, it was determined the fishing vessel had engine trouble and was unable to stay with their fellow fishermen or return to shore,” it added.

The US Navy added that the fishermen were unable to communicate with the local coast guard.

“The Mustin crew provided immediate assistance. They first contacted one of the nearby fishing vessels to relay the mariners’ situation. They then deployed their Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) and towed the adrift fishing vessel to rejoin their fellow fishermen,” Task Force 70 said.

USS Mustin crew also provided the Filipino fishermen with food good for 3 days.