U.S. Military Aids EgyptAir
Search, Rescue Operations
By Karen Parrish, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. — (DoD
News) — May 20, 2016 — U.S. European Command and the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet
are coordinating with officials in Greece in support of Egypt’s
search-and-rescue operations for EgyptAir Flight 804, which disappeared from
radar screens while en route from Paris to Cairo yesterday.
A Norwegian P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft flies
overhead as Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work observes small boat operations
in the expansive Norwegian fjords near Bodo, Norway, Sept. 9, 2015. U.S. Navy
P-3 Orion aircraft are currently supporting search-and-rescue efforts for
EgyptAir Flight 804, which went missing May 19, 2016.
Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, director of Defense Press Operations,
updated Pentagon reporters today on those efforts.
Eucom and 6th Fleet officials, he said, “continue to
coordinate closely with the Hellenic armed forces, the Joint Rescue Coordination
Center in Greece, and the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, all of which are
supporting Egypt's lead in this search-and-rescue operation.”
News reports today say Egyptian officials announced the
discovery in the Mediterranean Sea of some parts from the missing airliner, as
well as suitcases and some remains. Sixty-six people were reported aboard the
Yesterday, the Defense Department “did respond to a request
to provide U.S. Navy P-3 Orion aircraft to support the search efforts,” Davis
That aircraft, he said, assigned to Patrol Squadron 4, or
BP-4 in Sigonella, Italy, conducted a search mission yesterday.
Two additional P-3 aircraft missions occurred today, Davis
added, one from the Naval Air Station at Sigonella.
Another sortie began around 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, he
“I will tell you that thus far none of our aircraft have
reported sighting any debris,” Davis said.
He said the U.S. sorties are flying “with and in support of
the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Greece, which has search-and-rescue
responsibility for that water there, and is coordinating among other
contributions from ships and aircraft and assigning them sectors in which to
Davis added, “We're obviously in continued close contact with
our French counterparts as well.”
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