NAPLES, ITALY -- The Norfolk-based USS San Antonio helped rescue 128 people aboard a raft in the central Mediterranean Sea Wednesday, according to the U.S. 6th Fleet.
The Navy says the raft was being rocked by winds and seas when it was spotted by a Maltese patrol aircraft, who requested assistance in rescuing the men.
San Antonio was just over 60 nautical miles away and after arriving her crew began transferring the individuals using two 11-man rigid hull inflatable boats, the Navy said.
According to CNN, The Navy didn't say whether anyone was injured. The Maltese military said the men were migrants from Somalia.
In a tweet the Navy said the San Antonio is providing food, water, medical attention, and temporary shelter to the men.
San Antonio left Norfolk on March 11 and is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area.