PHILIPPINE SEA - Search and rescue operations continue for three personnel
following a C-2A Greyhound aircraft crash southeast of Okinawa at 2:45 p.m.
Eight personnel were recovered by the "Golden Falcons" of U.S. Navy
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC 12). The eight personnel were
transferred to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for medical evaluation and are in
good condition at this time.
"Our entire focus is on finding all of our Sailors," said Rear Adm. Marc H.
Dalton, Commander, Task Force 70. "U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft are
searching the area of the crash, and we will be relentless in our efforts."
USS Ronald Reagan is leading search and rescue efforts with the following
ships and aircraft: U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63);
MH-60R Seahawk helicopters of the "Saberhawks" from U.S. Navy Helicopter
Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 77); P-8 aircraft from the "Fighting Tigers"
of U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron (VP) 8; P-3 Orion
aircraft of the "Red Hook" U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance
Squadron (VP) 40; Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Helicopter
Carrier Japan Ship (JS) Kaga (DDH 184); and JMSDF Hatakaze-class destroyer
Japan Ship (JS) Shimakaze (DDG 172).
At approximately 2:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time, Nov. 22, 2017, the C2-A
aircraft with 11 crew and passengers onboard crashed into the ocean
approximately 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa. The aircraft was
conducting a routine transport flight carrying passengers and cargo from
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to USS Ronald Reagan.
The C2-A is assigned to the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron
Three Zero, Detachment Five, forward deployed in NAF Atsugi, Japan.
Detachment Five's mission includes the transport of high-priority cargo,
mail, duty passengers and Distinguished Visitors between USS Ronald Reagan
(CVN 76) and shore bases throughout the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia
The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin
The incident will be investigated.
A family assistance center is online at Commander, Fleet Activities
Yokosuka. Families who live off base in Japan can call 0468-16-1728.
Families living in the United States can call +81-468-16-1728
(international); families who live on base can call 243-1728 (DSN).