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Canadian Navy in the Arabian Sea


An approach team, on the right, from HMCS Charlottetown pulls alongside the fishing dhow Al Rahman in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Pakistan. The dhow’s captain told the Canadian's Arabic interpreter that he had just run out of gas. He would have had enough fuel to return to his home port if he had not shared his supply with another dhow he found in distress a few days before. In compliance with the Safety Of Life At Sea Convention, HMCS Charlottetown topped up the dhow’s tanks to ensure it would make port safely. As members of the maritime community, Canada’s sailors are always ready to provide life-saving assistance to fellow mariners on the high seas. HMCS Charlottetown is deployed for six months in the Persian Gulf-Arabian Sea region on Operation ALTAIR, Canada’s maritime contribution to the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism known as Operation Enduring Freedom. The frigate was conducting a maritime security patrol when the distress message was received.  Date Taken: January 24th, 2008.  Location: Northern Arabian Sea, PK.  Photographer: Canadian Forces Cpl Robert LeBlanc, National Defence Canada.