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Two destroyers respond to distressed ship in central Med

Oct. 28, 2013 - 08:15PM   |  
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Two destroyers are responding to a distress call in the central Mediterranean at the request of the Greek government, according to a Navy official.

The Gravely and Ramage were making their way toward the ship to assess its seaworthiness as of 3:30 p.m. EDT. The ships have been patrolling the 6th Fleet area of responsibility since late summer in support of Syria crisis response.

It’s unknown what is wrong with the ship the destroyers are heading to assist, said Lt. Shawn Eklund, a spokesman for 6th Fleet.

“It appears that the vessel is under its own power,” he said. “It appears that it is seaworthy.”

Eklund explained that Greek officials spotted the ship or picked up on its radioed distress call, then sent out a request for assistance from ships in the area. Gravely and Ramage were 75 and 200 nautical miles away, respectively, from the wood-hulled ship at the time.

Eklund added that the seas are relatively calm right now and expected to stay that way overnight.

This story will be updated as the situation progresses.

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