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Boats 08-10-2018 06:49 AM

Search continues for US Marine reported overboard near Philippines
Search continues for US Marine reported overboard near Philippines

Photo link: Photograph of replenishment oiler USNS Henry J Kaiser alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Essex during a joint ARGMEUEX program training session

The search continues for a U.S. Marine who was reported missing from a Navy ship as it crossed the Sulu Sea west of the Philippines.

The Marine was reported overboard at 9:40 a.m. local time Thursday by the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship, according to a press release from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit to which the missing soldier was assigned. The Marine's family has been notified, but officials said the identity of the missing individual will not be released while the search is ongoing.

"As we continue our search operation, we ask that you keep our Marine and the Marine's family in your thoughts and prayers," said Col. Chandler Nelms, commanding officer of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. "We remain committed to searching for and finding our Marine."

Philippine coast guard vessels and a U.S. Navy P-8 aircraft are assisting in the search, which has already covered 3,000 square nautical miles, officials said.

"To date, multiple searches have been conducted inside the ship while embarked aircraft aboard the USS Essex conduct round-the-clock search and rescue operations within the Sulu Sea and Surigao Strait," the unit said in its press release.

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"It is an all-hands effort to find our missing Marine," added U.S. Navy Capt. Gerald Olin, the on-scene commander of the search and rescue operation. "All of our sailors, Marines, and available assets aboard the USS Essex have been and will continue to be involved in this incredibly important search and rescue operation."

The 844-foot long USS Essex can transport and support a team of more than 2,000 Marines during an assault by air or land. The ship is based out of San Diego, California.

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Boats 08-12-2018 08:20 AM

US Navy searching for overboard marine off Philippines
By: AFP: 00:27 EDT, 11 August 2018 | UPDATED: 03:32 EDT, 11 August 2018

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The marine is believed to have fallen overboard off the USS Essex amphibious assault ship.

The US military said it had launched a search and rescue operation after reports a marine may have fallen overboard from an American warship as it sailed through Philippine waters.

The US 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit said a member, who was not named, may have gone overboard Thursday morning.

Aircraft on board the USS Essex are searching waters off the Sulu Sea and the Surigao Strait while multiple searches are also being made inside the ship itself, the unit said.

The ship was conducting "routine operations in the Sulu Sea" at the time, the California based unit said in the statement, which was posted on its social media sites.

"We remain committed to searching for and finding our marine," the statement quoted its commander, Colonel Chandler Nelms as saying.

"All of our sailors, marines and available assets aboard the USS Essex have been and will continue to be involved in this incredibly important search and rescue operation," added the search commander, US Navy Captain Gerald Olin.

In Manila, Philippine authorities said on Saturday they authorised US ships and aircraft to enter Philippine territory to join in the search, while dispatching their own military search aircraft.

"A US marine fell from a US ship while traversing Philippine waters. We allowed the entry of rescue ships and aircraft," Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters.

"As of now there has been no update on whether the marine has been recovered," Lorenzana added.

The US Marines said an expanded search covering about 3,000 square nautical miles (10,290 square kilometres) was underway.

Sulu Sea sprawls over the central and southern sections of the Asian archipelago, a US military ally.

Surigao Strait is at least 300 kilometres (186 miles) away, off the country's eastern seaboard.

The US statement did not explain why the two separate locations were being searched.


Personal note: It's very difficult to survive a fall from a carrier and depending on how you enter you could be knocked unconscious and drown. Then I recall manoverboard at sea and depending on the wave action in the sea its very difficult to spot a fallen mate.
We pray they will find the missing man but his chances are very slim if he doesn't have a flashing light or mirror to signal ships or planes in the area. Prayer's out to his family and mates.


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