Marines, Navy ships, aircraft searching for Camp Pendleton Marine believed to be lost at sea

U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Philippine ships and aircraft are searching the Sulu Sea for a Marine, assigned to Camp Pendleton’s 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, military officials said Friday, Aug. 10.

The Marine, who was aboard the USS Essex, was reported missing while the ship was doing training exercises in the Sulu Sea, in the southwestern region of the Philippines. The Marine, who is not yet being identified, was reported missing at 9:40 a.m. local Philippine time on Thursday, Aug. 9.

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The ship’s crew responded to the situation by launching a search and rescue operation, said Capt. Diann Rosenfeld

“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, 13th MEU. “We remain committed to searching for and finding our Marine.”

There have been multiple searches inside the ship while aircraft aboard the USS Essex conduct search and rescue operations within the Sulu Sea and Surigao Strait, Rosenfeld said.

In addition, U.S. Navy P-8 aircraft and Philippine Coast Guard vessels have expanded the search area. In all, the response has covered roughly 3,000 square nautical miles, she said.

“It is an all-hands effort to find our missing Marine,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Gerald Olin, commander, Amphibious Squadron One, and 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 Marine’s family has been notified. However, the name of the Marine is being withheld while the search is ongoing, Rosenfeld said.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


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