USS Winston S. Churchill Helps M/V Belde

DDG-81 USS Winston S. Churchill. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase

US warship DDG-81 USS Winston S. Churchill was the first ship that respond to the distress call from the Turkish owned and Panamanian flagged merchant ship M/V Belde on Aug. 20, approximately 110 miles north of Socotra Island, Yemen.

The captain and one sailor of M/V Belde were checking the cables securing the load on the deck when one of the cables broke and the load crashed on the crew. The captain died on the spot and the distress call was made for the injured sailor.

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (NNS) — Guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) rendered medical assistance to Panamanian-flagged, bulk carrier M/V Belde, Aug. 20, approximately 110 miles north of Socotra Island, Yemen.

At approximately 1:10 p.m. local time, Winston S. Churchill responded to a distress call following a cargo-handling accident aboard Belde.

After arriving on scene, Winston S. Churchill dispatched two rigid-hull inflatable boats, transporting the ship’s hospital corpsman, and the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team to assess the injured personnel. 

One Belde crew member was killed in the accident and another required advanced medical care for injuries sustained.

Winston S. Churchill conducted a medical evacuation, transporting the injured crew member by an SH-60B helicopter attached to Helicopter Squadron Light 42, Detachment 8, to an Oman medical facility for treatment.

No further assistance was required. 

“There are a multitude of hazards in the maritime domain. As such, we are always ready to assist,” said Cmdr. Christopher D. Stone, Churchill commanding officer. “Our sympathies go out to those affected by this tragic incident. We, as partners in the maritime commons, are always ready and willing to help and are glad that we were in the right place at the right time to lend a hand.”

For additional information about the incident and the crew please click here and here.

One Response to USS Winston S. Churchill Helps M/V Belde

  1. Dave Shirlaw says:

    Churchill is supposed to have a British navigator on exchange to promote the US/UK friendship.

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