Gonzalez Takes Part in Rescue Operation

ATLANTIC OCEAN – The guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) responded to a distress from a stranded fishing vessel, Sept. 10, off the Florida coast.

The fishing vessel, Lady Marissa, suffered an engine failure and could not return to port. Personnel aboard called over the radio for any vessels in their vicinity to provide help. Gonzalez, participating in the Navy’s Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), heard the distress call, rendered assistance and coordinated help with the U.S. Coast Guard along with a helicopter from the guided-missile destroyer USS Graveley (DDG 107).

Gonzalez remained near the inoperable fishing vessel until the Coast Guard arrived to tow the vessel and her three passengers back to port.

There were no injuries reported to the passengers.

“Even as we train for deployment and warfighting, Team Gonzalez is always ready to provide assistance to distressed mariners,” said Cmdr. Stefan L. Walch, commanding officer of Gonzalez. “We were more than happy to be of assistance to the Lady Marissa and the U.S. Coast Guard.”

Gonzalez is underway participating in COMPTUEX as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG), which includes the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), the staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, Carrier Air Wing 7, the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) and the guided missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), Gonzalez, Gravely and USS Ramage (DDG 61).

COMPTUEX, led by CSG-4, is an exercise designed to certify that the HSTCSG is mission-ready to deploy later this year.

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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman D.C. Ortega, USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) Public Affairs

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