ARABIAN GULF -
U.S. and Iraq navies assisted an injured mariner in the northern Arabian Gulf, Oct. 19.
Indian-flagged and owned M/T Desh Garima contacted U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59), which was operating in the area, for assistance with an Indian mariner who had a hand injury requiring medical attention.
Russell's independent duty corpsman (IDC) initially provided advice by radio before being transported to Desh Garima by one of Russell's rigid hulled inflatable boats. Once onboard, the IDC determined the injury was not life threatening, but the mariner needed additional care not available on either ship.
USS Russell coordinated with the Iraq Navy to provide a patrol boat to evacuate the mariner to a shore-based medical facility.
USS Russell is on a routine deployment conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.