USS Hue City saving the world

| June 14, 2018 | 26 Comments

According to the Navy Times, USS Hue City (CG-66), a Ticonderoga class-guided-missile cruiser, responded to a Coast Guard request for help off the coast of Georgia to rescue the crew of a 42-foot fishing vessel Barbara Lynn;

It only took the cruiser about 20 minutes to arrive at the vessel’s last reported position.

“The crew of the USS Hue City…when within approximately 1 mile of the last known position of the distress, reported seeing orange flares, flashing lights and located a raft with three fishermen aboard surrounded by debris,” the Coast Guard release said.

Hué City’s rescue swimmer, Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Nathan Andrade, a native of Stockton, California, swam to the life raft to assist as Hue City maneuvered nearby.

Andrade then harnessed each fisherman, while the crew lifted the survivors on board using litters.

The rescue took just two hours to complete and there were no reported injuries as a result.

Thanks to AW1Ed for the link.

Category: Navy, Search and Rescue

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  1. USAFRetired says:

    Well done Navy especially PO Andrade.
    Pardon my ignorance, is rescue swimmer some type of additional duty? Can it be done by any rating (assuming they swim well enough)?

  2. AW1Ed says:

    OK, so I’m a sucker for any article with a Rescue Swimmer involved. A very important point made:

    “This case highlights the close cooperation between the Coast Guard and the Navy as well as the importance of having the right safety equipment on board,” said Lt Cmdr. Ryan Kelley, the Coast Guard’s 7th District Public Affairs Officer. “The Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, flares and flashing light, without question, helped lead rescue crews directly to their location to get them home safely.”

    Without emergency signaling devices one’s chances of being found at sea are frighteningly slim.

  3. OldSoldier54 says:

    Well done Navy! I’m thinking those fishermen are some happy campers. Tempered, of course, by the loss of the boat.

    I wonder what happened?

  4. rgr1480 says:

    Looks like rescue swimmer STG3 Nathan Andrade received the Navy Commendation Medal for his efforts!

    “…After almost three years in the Navy and successfully completing its rigorous Rescue Swimmer School, this was the first time Andrade’s skills were put to the test in a real-life situation…..”

  5. Sparks says:

    A big Here-Here for the USS Hue City and STG3 Nathan Andrade! Damned well done indeed.

  6. Sparks says:

    So this story begs another Army guy question for you Navy folks. Because Google is just not specific enough.

    Which is bigger and more potent in combat, a Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser, or an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer?

    Thank you in advance for your patience and help.

  7. Atkron says:

    I guess the ‘Small Boys’ don’t always take their Helo Det out with them.

    For all I know the Carriers do the same thing; i only went aboard when they had CQ Dets, workups, or Cruise.

  8. 26Limabeans says:

    Wiki says she can do 37.4 mph.
    Whats the real number?

  9. Thunderstixx says:

    Good job Navy.
    The Coast Guard Veterans are the real crazy people, they go pleasure boating when everybody else decides to leave their boat at the pier…
    And… Those crazy fucks enjoy that shit too !!!
    Good on both of them and all you rescue swimmers !!!

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