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7th Fleet patrol aircraft supports search and rescue

01 December 2020

From Task Force 72 Public Affairs

A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 located a disabled sailboat during a SAR mission off the western coast of Saipan.

PACIFIC OCEAN - A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 assisted in locating a vessel, Nov. 30, that had been missing for three days near the island of Saipan.

The 7th Fleet maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) began supporting the search and rescue (SAR) effort Nov. 27, shortly after a 21-foot fishing vessel carrying two passengers was reported four hours overdue from scheduled return time.

The VP-5 aircraft located the vessel Nov. 30, and remained on station until a U.S. Coast Guard vessel and a merchant vessel arrived to assist in rescue efforts.

“We're very happy to be a part of this successful rescue effort. At sea, we're all on the same team, and today we came together to bring two lost mariners home,” said Lt. Cmdr. James Miller, mission commander.

The VP-5 "Mad Foxes," stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, are currently deployed to Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. The squadron is conducting maritime patrol and reconnaissance as well as theater outreach operations within U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy's largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.

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