USNS Seay Crew Assists Stricken Vessel in Atlantic


August 2013


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After receiving a radioed distress message while traveling through the Atlantic Ocean on June 25, the Seafarers-crewed USNS Seay changed course to provide assistance to a stricken vessel.


The Seay soon found the Raptor, a 49- foot, Australian-flagged catamaran that had experienced trouble with its sails five days earlier before the vessel’s engines failed. The five-member crew of the Raptor – who were of different nationalities – was in fairly good spirits despite its predicament, according to the Military Sealift Command (MSC).


Capt. Bruce Kreger, master of the Seay, added the crew of the Raptor was still eager to be on its way.


“The crew of the Raptor seemed anxious to affect repairs and get back on their voyage,” Kreger said.


The Seay then consulted with British Indian Ocean Territory Diego Garcia’s customs and police officials before deciding to tow the stricken vessel to Diego Garcia.


“It took about 20 hours to complete the tow, but the safety of the vessels was our primary objective,” Kreger said.


Once reaching a distance of approximately three nautical miles away from the Diego Garcia lagoon, the Seay transferred the Raptor to a small craft assigned to local port operations which safely towed the Raptor to the pier. The Raptor was then scheduled to undergo repairs at Diego Garcia.


Operated by SIU-contracted American Overseas Marine (AMSEA), the Seay is one of 12 Navy ships assigned to the Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Two, which ensures the readiness of the U.S. Navy by prepositioning ships in the Pacific. As one of those ships, the Seay carries prepositioned cargo for various U.S. military services with the mission of transporting vital equipment and supplies to a designated area of operations in support of combatant commanders worldwide.



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