Norfolk-based USS Ramage aids stranded fishing boat

Posted at 9:41 AM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 09:44:19-04

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage aid a disabled fishing vessel. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Richardson)

Norfolk, Va. – The Norfolk-based guided missile destroyer USS Ramage, part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, helped a stranded fishing vessel on Sept. 18th.

While conducting a training exercise off the coast of South Carolina, Ramage lookouts sighted a red flare.

Upon further inspection the crew spotted the King Fisher II dead in the water. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the small vessel, the Ramage sent a small boat crew to render assistance.

Two people aboard the boat reported they had lost propulsion and were stranded.

Ramage’s rescue and assistance team restored propulsion, allowing the vessel to operate under its own power.

“Quick reaction by Ramage’s crew enabled us to respond and render assistance to a stranded vessel, a duty that is a deep rooted part of the Navy’s foundation,” said Cmdr. Joel Lang, commanding officer of Ramage.

U.S. Coast Guard Station Charleston was notified to escort the vessel to Charleston, South Carolina.

The Ramage is underway participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group.