U.S.S. Kidd Rescues Iranians Captured by Somali Pirates

One Iranian fisherman aboard the Mulahi

This is a great story. The Naval destroyer, the U.S.S. Kidd, was patrolling the Arabian Gulf when it rescued 13 Iranian fisherman held by Somali pirates for a month.

Rear Adm. Craig S. Faller, the commander of an American carrier strike group, intercepted the Iranian-flagged Mulahi on Thursday after receiving a distress call. There were 15 Somali pirates on board who surrendered under pressure. At first the commander of the Iranian boat said there were no Somalis on board but he was able to indicate he was speaking under duress.

The fishermen “greeted the American sailors with wide-eyed relief.”

“It is like you were sent by God,” said one of the rescued fishermen, Fazel Ur Rehman, 28, huddled under a blanket in the vessel’s stern as sailors from the Kidd’s boarding team watched over the deflated pirates on the deck of the pitching bow. “Every night we prayed for God to rescue us. And now you are here.”

The Iranian fishermen were given caps that said U.S.S. Kidd.

This video shows the Somalis ready to surrender. The Iranians were held under harsh conditions. It is not the first time Iranians were freed by the Navy according to the commander. “One of our obligations as mariners out here is to save lives at sea,” the admiral said. “We’d do that for any country in the world.”

Read more: NY Times