Photos: Norfolk-based Navy ship aids Panamanian vessel

Photos: Norfolk-based Navy ship aids Panamanian vessel

Credit: U.S. Navy

120820-N-YF306-363 GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 20, 2012) Members of the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) transit toward the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier M/V Belde in response to a medical-related distress call. Winston S. Churchill is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 150, conducting counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase/Released)

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Associated Press

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM

NORFOLK (AP) -- A Norfolk-based Navy ship came to the aid of a Panamanian-flagged vessel near Yemen after its crew suffered a cargo-handling accident.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill responded to a distress call on Monday.

The Navy says one of the Panamanian ship's crew members was killed in the accident and another required advanced medical care.

The Winston S. Churchill conducted a medical evaluation, transporting the injured crew member by helicopter to a medical facility in Oman for treatment.

The ship is currently conducting counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the Middle East.

AP-WF-08-22-12 1920GMT

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