USS Jason Dunham will return home to Norfolk Friday, April 5th.
The ship and crew spent approximately six months in the 5th Fleet AOR promoting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
“The majority of the world’s commerce is conducted by sea,” said Cmdr. Michael Meredith, Jason Dunham’s commanding officer. “We’re out here ensuring safety and freedom of navigation, which impacts every nation.”
On Dec. 5, Jason Dunham received a distress call from a Pakistani fishing dhow while on a routine counter-piracy patrol in the Arabian Sea. Jason Dunham rendezvoused with the vessel and sent an interpreter and medical corpsman, to render medical assistance. The dhow’s crew member was treated for kidney stones and given a recommended course of treatment.
Meredith said events like the medical assistance also play a key role in the ship’s mission.
“Anytime a vessel is in distress, fellow mariners have an obligation to respond,” Meredith said. “Providing assistance is an integral part of our mission as it fosters trust in the region and shows we’re here to help.”
While in theater, the crew also made port calls in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, enjoying liberty, participating in community relations projects and performing maintenance on the ship. Read more of this article on Navy.Mil
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