USS Robert A. Owens (DD-827) helped the British merchant ship Lapland extinguish an engine-room fire as both were moored in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on February 4, 1976. A ten-man team fought the fire for three hours and saved the merchant ship.
On March 22, 1976, USS Dahlgren (DDG-43) rescued a Saudi Arabian tugboat and its British crew 80 miles south of Crete. Suffering an engine-room explosion and fire, Dahlgren took the tug in tow, whilst in heavy seas, brought the crew aboard and provided medical assistance. The ship arrived three days later in Alexandria, Egypt. Dahlgren was originally classified as (DLG-12) and was reclassified as DDG-43 in July 1975.
An offshore drilling platform, Ocean Express, tipped over and sank on April 15, 1976, in a severly windy Gulf of Mexico, east of Corpus Christi, as it moved through 15-foot seas USS Lexington (CVT-16) was dispatched to coordinate rescue efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard. The auxiliary landing training ship went alongside a collapsed survival capsule and recovered the bodies of thirteen crewmembers.
On June 6, 1976, USS Leahy (CG-16) assisted the U.S. Coast Guard off southern California The 120-foot research ship Aquisition was on fire and sinking. Nineteen crewmembers on board were evacuated. Fires were fought until the ship was abandonded and eventually sank.