USS Gary Assists Vessel in Distress 

USS GARY (FFG 51)
USS Gary Assists Vessel in Distress 
ENS Erickson, USS Gary Public Affairs 
At Sea (July 1, 2011) - During the early morning watch of 30 June while conducting Counter Illicit Trafficking (CIT) of narcotics patrol, the USS Gary received a distress call from a nearby sailing vessel. GARY immediately changed course to provide assistance.

Officer of the Deck was Ensign Tristan Corrigan of Hutchinson, Minnesota who received the call explained that the sailing was running low on food and engines broken. “We received a bridge to bridge transmission asking for assistance from any vessel in the area, so off we went.” The New Zealand crew said the fuel system was damaged and they were unable to make way on their own. They were running very low on food and were concerned about being able to make it safely to port. Chief Engineman Robert Barnes of Eaton Rapids, Michigan and Auxiliaries Officer Lieutenant Junior Grade Steamboat Rock of Mobile, Alabama approached in GARY’s small boat to see if they could be of assistance with the fuel system. Meanwhile, the ships galley prepared stores to help the sailors make it to port.

CS3 Melchor Moises of Wahiawa, Hawaii chose all prepackaged, non-perishables, and juices to outfit the sailing crew so that it would not spoil over the journey, saying “It’s a good experience being able to help out other people.”

MR2 Justin Bacon of McPherson, Kansas fabricated brass crush washers required to repair the system in GARY’s machine shop. However, prior to starting the engine the sailing crew damaged the feed line to the fuel system. At that point the sailing crew decided they would attempt to sail into port on their own, feeling more confident after being outfitted with additional food. The crew of the GARY wished them the best of luck and continued on patrol.

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