Search For Missing US Navy Sailors Called Off

  • Search For Missing US Navy Sailors Called Off

Search For Missing US Navy Sailors Called Off

The US navy is now in the process of investigating the crash.

This crash comes at the end of a bad year for the 7th Fleet, which had already lost 17 sailors in two separate collisions involving guided-missile destroyers.

The aircraft was carrying passengers and cargo from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan to the carrier when the plane crashed about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa, Japan.

It was leading the search and rescue efforts along with Japan's naval forces. The Reagan and her Carrier Strike Group 5 are now operating with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Helicopter Carrier JS Kaga (DDH 184) and Hatakaze-class destroyer JS Shimakaze (DDG 172).

U.S. President Donald Trump took time out from his Thanksgiving celebrations in Florida to offer his support for those involved. No one was injured. The COD was carrying a total of 11 passengers and crew, eight of whom have been rescued and are receiving medical care aboard the Reagan. It crashed 93 miles northwest of Okinotori island, about halfway between Okinawa and Guam, according to the Okinawa Defense Bureau. This month, for the first time in a decade, it carried out a three-carrier strike exercise in the sea between Japan and the Korean Peninsula - a show of force that North Korea has decried as warmongering.

In August, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was relieved of his duty as the commander of 7th Fleet after a deadly collision between the destroyer USS John S. McCain and a merchant ship off Singapore that left 10 United States sailors dead.

"I have been informed from the U.S. military that engine trouble may have caused (the crash)", Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Wednesday.

Separately, in January, the USS Antietam ran aground near Yosuka, Japan, and the USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel in May.

The names of the sailors have not been released as their families are still being informed.

The incident follows a nonfatal collision between a USA destroyer and a Japanese tugboat during a towing exercise on Saturday.

The admiral in charge was removed from his position after his commanders lost confidence in his ability to lead and the Navy's top admiral ordered a fleetwide review of seamanship and training in the Pacific after the McCain collision. The destroyer suffered minimal damage.

The search for the aircraft's crew members was expanded.