SAN DIEGO, California (NNS) – Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) responded to a distress call from the motor vessel Happy II when it caught fire off the coast of San Diego, CA on July 29 at approximately 11:15 a.m. local time. Green Bay arrived to render assistance along with a US Border Patrol vessel and a US Coast vessel and helicopter. Crewmembers from Green Bay departed the ship via the ship's Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) to evacuate the Happy II’s Captain and lead fire fighting efforts. Green Bay’s Rescue and Assistance team successfully extinguished the fire and ensured the boat was safe for towing. There were no injuries and both the Happy II Captain and passenger were transferred to US Coast Guard to coordinate their return ashore.
Green Bay is currently in the Basic Phase of training in preparation for forward deployment to Sasebo, Japan early next year.