Marine reported overboard on USS Essex near Philippines
A Marine embarked aboard the USS Essex is believed to have gone overboard Friday morning in waters near the Philippines, according to a statement by the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Navy, Marine Corps and Philippine ships and aircraft were searching for the servicemember, who was reported overboard from the amphibious-assault ship at 9:40 a.m. At the time, the Essex was “conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea,” according to the statement.
Search-and-rescue efforts began immediately after the incident was reported, according to the statement. Officials did not release the Marine’s name, but said his or her family has been notified.
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