USS McCampbell
"Relentless in Battle"
USS McCampbell Rescues Stranded Fishermen
121024-N-ZZ999-056 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 24, 2012) - Fisherman from the Republic of the Philippines rest and receive medical evaluations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) after being rescued from their vessel. McCampbell rescued the fishermen from their sinking boat and escorted them to Philippine authorities in Manila. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by John McWhorter/Released)
USS McCampbell Rescues Stranded Fishermen
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Pittman
SOUTH CHINA SEA - The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) rescued five stranded fishermen in international waters off the coast of the Philippines at approximately 1 a.m. on Oct. 24.

The men were discovered during routine night-time flight operations at approximately midnight by helicopter pilots from the HSL 51 Warlords Helicopter Squadron embarked aboard McCampbell. The men reported their fishing vessel had started taking on water early morning Oct. 23, and the entire boat was nearly sunk by the time of discovery. The pilots spotted the five men flashing a lighter while standing on the wood left from the roof of their boat.

The pilots notified the respective nearby operating ships from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, and rescue efforts were immediately initiated. McCampbell was closest to the scene and immediately transited to the location of the stranded men and launched two boats to recover the individuals.

The men were quickly recovered and taken on board McCampbell, approximately one hour after initial discovery. The individuals were evaluated by the ship's medical personnel and found to be in good health. The individuals have identified themselves as Philippine nationals and rode McCampbell into Manila where they were turned over to Philippine Coast Guard authorities. McCampbell was already scheduled for a routine port visit to Manila.

McCampbell is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, the U.S. Navy's only continuously forward-deployed carrier strike group, based out of Yokosuka, Japan, and is currently conducting a routine western Pacific patrol in support of regional security and stability of the vital Asia-Pacific region.

US Navy Recruiting | US Navy | US Marine Corps | Navy Reserves | Individual Augmentee
No Fear Act | FOIA | | Veterans Crisis Line | Vote | DoD SafeHelpline
This is an official United States Navy Website. This US Government system is subject to monitoring. Please read our Privacy Policy and Section 508/Accessibility Statement.

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense, or the United States Department of the Navy of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy  does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.