Japanese Combined Maritime Force vessel Suzunami aids yacht in Red Sea

Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151) vessel Suzunami of the Japanese Navy recently provided help to a yacht during a storm in the Red Sea.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) informed CTF151 that a British flagged sailing yacht was in distress during bad weather in the area. The vessel, Milashka, which had 6 Russian crew members on board, had sustained damage to its sail and was low on fuel.

Under the direction of CTF151, CMF asset Japanese Ship Suzunami sent out its helicopter to locate the vessel in distress. Having located Milashka, CTF151 and the UKMTO coordinated a rescue with Djiboutian authorities who sent out a Coast Guard vessel to escort the yacht back to port in Djibouti.