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Search area and assets increase for missing F/A-18 pilot

By 1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | December 7, 2016


Search and rescue efforts for the pilot who ejected from a Marine F/A-18 December 7 have expanded to a greater radius and include more rescue assets as the daylight increases.


The bilateral search and rescue efforts continued through the night with the U.S. military working closely with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force.


We will continue to provide more details as they become available.


Media can contact the III Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at the provided email address.



1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield

Public Affairs Officer, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

DSN:  315-645-3841

Comm:  098-970-3841 (in Japan); +81-98-970-3841 (international)

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